New Deck, Fence and Trim

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Project by mel52 posted 01-18-2021 04:20 AM 1920 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had a large selection of those scratchy type of evergreen bushes taking over the front of my house. They were planted 30 years ago and were terrible looking, most were eight to ten feet tall. After taking four large trailer loads to the landfill, I was left with the biggest selection of trash and other crap that ended up under them over the years. The space was 12 X 30 feet in size. Decided to put up a fence four feet out from the house for a work way and build a small deck for my wife. I used the better grade of cedar fencing, a lot of 8 foot 4X4 posts and a lot of 2X4s for the fence. All post and 2X wood was the treated type. The deck was made with 2X8s with all kinds of bracing under it. The top was the plastic that looked like wood. I then realized the original deck looked like crap now, so went ahead and put new trim around it also. Everything was then sprayed heavily with a wood sealer, It will eventually darken to match the deck. I used around 15 lbs of weatherproof screws of different sizes. I will now build planters and other things to border and fill in the open space. I will also have to plant grass in the area outside the given area to cover where the bushes killed it out. My wife has all kind of ideas for this area, lucky me. She will also be putting, ( meaning me ), various things on the fence. We have decided this will be my last large project I will do, am getting to old and my body with the new hip doesn’t recover as quick anymore. The last picture is what it looked like right after taking the bushes out. I never thought of taking a picture with the bushes still there. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#1 posted 01-18-2021 11:05 AM

Great Project Mike. Yes it would have been a huge effort. The end result is FANTASTIC!!!!
Great Work!!!
Grass will look really nice too. Well Done. Regards….Cliff.

-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#2 posted 01-18-2021 02:28 PM

It’s a tremendous improvement Mel. Clean and neat looking. My son has the same problem with the house he just bought only with a bunch of pine trees that have seen their last days. I’m gonna show him what you did, maybe give him some ideas. Great job.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#3 posted 01-18-2021 05:14 PM

Wow, what a big improvement. Nicely done!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 01-18-2021 05:34 PM

Nicely done. This past Summer we slowly removed all of the PT wooden planks on our 15 ft x 20 ft deck and replaced them one by one. A few boards every few days. The old boards were looking & feeling pretty nasty, and too many splinters in our feet. They are all now in place, just letting them set in place before all the screwing in.

Soo, You did a great job – it really brings an altogether tidy new look.

Here’s a pix of our almost finished deck.

-- Mark B. Glenn Dale, MD

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#5 posted 01-18-2021 09:20 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments, they’re greatly appreciated. Maro2Bear, I plan on doing the same thing next summer, hopefully I can talk my S.I.L. and grandkids into doing it for me. Mike

-- MEL, Kansas

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#6 posted 01-18-2021 10:07 PM


I think it looks great, and your post is pretty funny. After big projects like that, I ask my wife to take a picture of me with a large adult beverage.

-- Petey

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#7 posted 01-18-2021 11:42 PM

Nice work

-- Rick M,

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 01-19-2021 03:49 AM

Great project, Mel. Nice work on it


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 01-19-2021 04:28 AM

Thanks for the comments Peteybadboy, Woodknack and Jim. Greatly appreciated. Petey, my wife isn’t to good with my camera, by the time we got a decent picture I would probably be on my 2nd or 3rd adult beverage and couldn’t stand. I sure am glad she doesn’t read these comments, will be married 50 years in Dec. and would like to see 51. LOL. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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woodshaver Tony C

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#10 posted 08-15-2021 02:58 AM

Just commented on your new deck on your recent post! Big improvement and like the layout! Nice work! Now it’s time to do some relaxing!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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