Upper Deck #5: Decking

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Blog entry by Zuki posted 07-05-2009 06:36 PM 2761 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Its July 4th and its back out at the deck. Yesterday I tipped the deck in place. Today was one of those days where it seemed that I did not have a whole lot to do . . . however it took me the entire day to do it. Go figure.

First on the agenda was to install the railing posts in the rear corners of the deck. Here is a pic taken from the upstairs door. And yes it’s a long way down.

I climbed up the ladder with the camera to take a pic installing one of the posts. The clamp held it in place while the short piece of strapping (screwed to the post) ensured that it remained at the correct height.

A view from the ladder across the deck.

The corner post in place. I’m using one heck of a lot of galvanized lag bolts. Thank goodness for predrilling and DeWalt 18v drill.

I decided on not giving a “board by board” picture review of the actual decking. Needless to say the first board against the wall was a little tricky as I had to cut the boards to fit around the 4×4s. The rest went down relatively easy. I put a ¼ space between each board. Here are a couple of shots from the ground.

And here are two from the deck. It was getting late in the afternoon and I was getting hungry and a little tired when I got to this point. The next couple of boards will have to be notched. In addition one of the boards that I picked up had warped so I will exchange it on Monday.

Next steps is to finish of the decking and laminate the railing 4×4s across the front.

Thanks for following.

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#1 posted 07-05-2009 06:46 PM

Great work. This series has been entertaining and educational.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#2 posted 07-05-2009 06:49 PM

Hey Zuki
Interesting approach I don’t want to be critical but there are big safety issues with a deck that high off the ground .It looks like your ledger board does not go the full distance of the deck this can make for a less secure deck . It may be the photo but it looks like the 4×4s on the outside do not look plumb. I’m not to sure what you mean by “laminate the railings” but I guess that’s the rest of the story. Keep on keeping on lots of hard work. I was very impressed with the way you tilted the whole deck up.

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#3 posted 07-05-2009 06:57 PM

Coming along, nicely! I love your problem solving skills!!

Know what you mean about getting tired. A few years back, I added a dining room to our house. By the time I got to the shingles, I had to cry “uncle” and get some help. Knew how to do it but just couldn’t muster the energy to lug bundles of 30 year architectural shingles up a ladder. It’s H*ll getting old!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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dion kendall

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#4 posted 07-05-2009 11:35 PM

nice job zuki. around here we call that a mother in law door…. without the deck of course hahaha.

-- dion trinity east

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#5 posted 07-05-2009 11:47 PM


It was nice to see them spikes in that footing plate big sigh of relieve i tell you i see that the decking is coming on well and looking forward to see the end result


-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#6 posted 07-06-2009 12:15 AM

Russel – tks

Jim – High decks do indeed impose extra cautions. This is actually my second . . . the first being on the 2nd story of my garage . . . its 2ft lower than this one. This one is actually built a little heavier. You are correct the ledger is 2ft shorter on either end. If the ledger was a full 14ft I don’t know if I would use any more lags than I already did. The ledger is actually bolted into the 2×6 wall studs so its going nowhere. If it was 14ft I would probably attach it to another two studs, however it is quite secure in its current state. Thanks for your comments though. :-) Its probably the angle of the photo, but the 4×4s are plumb (or close enough to call plumb) . . . and the lamination . . . you’re gonna have to wait for that.

Lew – Once I get tired I start making mistakes . . . stupid ones. I don’t want to be making stupid mistakes that far off the ground.

Dion – Hey how’s it goin ? I tried to get the MIL to open that door for years, but she wouldn’t . . . so I built a deck.

Pommy – I was hoping that you would revisit the other posting and see the spikes.

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#7 posted 07-06-2009 12:24 AM

Hey Zuki
I’m a 20 year contractor with 300 + decks under my belt and I tend to get too picky. Your deck I’m sure will be fine. More power to you, many people would not even try building a deck not even at ground level.
Be careful up there. look forward to the finished project.

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#8 posted 07-06-2009 04:00 PM

Very nice, it looks like you will have a great view from up there also.

-- Hope Never fails

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