Beach house #17 – decking dreams

In typical family fashion, my dad and I finished that first half of the beam and promptly got distracted with a different porch project. I had been wishy-washing over whether to build a deck over the ugly, badly-laid tiles, but while my folks were here, a deck just seemed the logical thing to do. What with the foundation and sill plate guys still hard at work, we were restricted to working on the porch pretty much; and anyone who has tried to manipulate multiple pressure treated 10- and 12-foot beams knows it’s just easier with two people!

We spent probably three whole days just planning, planning, and planning – it was really difficult given that each tile had a different height and both separate levels of the porch sloped in two – and even three! – different directions. I should show you the dozen drawings we made…. the half-pad of graph paper we used up – or maybe I’ll spare you. :)

Long story short, it took days and days to plan, but only one day to lay, screw in, and shim the initial furring strips.

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The next day we laid, shimmed, and anchored the 2x4s that run across the lower part of the porch.

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After many frustrating hours with my little bottom-end battery-powered Porter Cable, my dad splurged and bought me an early Christmas present.

It’s battery-powered, which is nice because I’ve learned I will put projects off indefinitely if I have to daisy-chain extension cords in order to do them. So it’s not as powerful as the corded one my neighbor lent me, but it’s much more powerful than the one I had before. And it can do the smaller 5/32″ holes, which my neighbor’s couldn’t get down to. I drilled a series of holes in concrete in an average of maybe 15-30 seconds each- soooooo much nicer.

 

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