New Deck #3: Day 4 of the build

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Blog entry by Karson posted 04-25-2008 02:00 AM 2882 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Day 3 of the deck build Part 3 of New Deck series Part 4: Continuing Day 5 and 6 of the deck build »

Well day 4 was productive, just not on the deck.

About 1 week ago I was in the office in the shop and I heard a loud hissing. I went to find out what it was. The safety unload valve was dumping air from the air compressor tank. The compressor was running and it was not shutting off.

The safety valve was doing what it was suppose to do. Keep air compressor parts from flying all over the shop. Some how, some way the contacts welded shut on the shutoff switch. I moved the lever down to shut off the compressor and it didn’t shut off. I had to pull the plug.

I opened the drain plug and emptied the tank of air. I then unscrewed the air switch after unhooking all of the electric lines and the header-unloader air lines. It was tough to unscrew. It was installed before the motor was placed on the compressor. I finally got it off and looked to see what was the problem. Once I pried the switch contacts apart the switch worked fine (manually).

Today I took some fine Emory cloth and sanded the contacts. *I used a 6” extension pipe to get the switch up where I could reinstall it. I then found that the air line from the compressor to the tank was hitting the switch where I had placed it.

So off to Lowes to buy some 1/2” flexible copper pipe and some fittings to replace the main air pipe and a new line for the header-unloader valve. (Since I moved the switch the pipe was now longer that before, and in a different place. It took 3 trips to Lowes to get all of the correct replacement parts and then to get it installed.

The compressor was turned back on and pumps up fine. It was now 2 PM and the heat of the day was shinning on the deck. I opted to wait. I moved the wood into the workshop for the lamp posts and was ready to start that when I saw my dust collector. I planned to call Grizzly about it. I wanted to replace the top bag with a pleated cartridge with paddles.

So I called Grizzly, it turns out that the pleated cartridge is a direct fit on my dust collector. So $200.00 later it’s on back order until mid June. I guess this will be a Fathers Day Present.

My son Dan and I then went out and installed the missing planks on one side. I also did a rough cut on the curve so that I can make a jig that will follow the curve and put a pencil mark on the top for a cut line to really to be cut later.

So here it sits as of now.

I placed the next to last board in place to see how much space I have left. The left and right seem to be about equal.

So if I hadn’t messed up on my first measurement of the 2X6 ’s being 1/8” wide on each one, being 5 5/8 instead of 5 1/2, Over the 33 deck boards that is 3” in width that I hadn’t counted into my measurement. I would have had the correct amount of space on each side and been almost a full board on each side.

“Measure Twice and Screw once”.

No chocolate strawberries tonight, no coffee. I guess I need to make my own.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#1 posted 04-25-2008 02:16 AM

Karson, looks great. I like your thought process on the electrical installation. You will be glad you put all that work in before putting down the deck boards.

-- Those that say it can't be done should not interrupt those who are doing it.

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Bob #2

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#2 posted 04-25-2008 02:22 AM

Karson, why not just whack off the extra and renail the facing board?
Who cares?


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#3 posted 04-25-2008 03:42 AM

Looking good Karson.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 04-25-2008 03:51 AM

Doing a great job. Seems like something always happens in the middle of a project. That’s life I guess.

-- JJohn

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Richard Williams

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#5 posted 04-25-2008 04:07 AM

A great guy doing a great job.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#6 posted 04-25-2008 04:56 AM

Look at those clamps. Wow!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 04-25-2008 05:23 PM

The curved end looks real nice.

Are you planning on having a railing, or bench?

That’s kind of funny when you said the sun was too hot.

Send some of that sun heat over here.

We’re supposed to get some more snow tonight.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#8 posted 04-26-2008 05:04 AM

No railing Dick, But a bench on the two outer curved corners.

Hopefull day 7 build.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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