Finally Finished Deck

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Project by WoodArtbyJR posted 12-11-2012 05:53 PM 2001 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As a few of you know I have been busy this year with several things, painting my daughters home in DC, taking 2 weeks to lay on the beach at the Outer Banks (you folks in NC, what a beautiful kept secret) and just a few weeks ago the birth of my first grandchild. Well during this time (starting in July) I have been working on a new deck. I JUST finished it. It is a 22’ X 20’ deck level with the sliding glass door going to the rear yard. It is covered with Trex decking and the railing is 2”x2” balusters with 4”x4” posts lag bolted to the pressure treated frame work. I didn’t use pressure treated 4×4 or 2×2s as I painted them instead since there was no ground contact. I jack hammered and hauled away 8 TON of concrete from the old slab. I used the Trex hidden screw fastener type hol;d down using the grooved decking with non-grooved for the picture frame style edging. I like the Trex hidden fastened concept but don’t like their screws that came with the little plastic space/hold down. The screw is stainless with square head drive. When they paint them at the factory, many times too much paint gets into the square drive thus not letting you get a good hold on the screw and they strip. Plus that small od a screw made of stainless snaps off easly. For the areas that I needed to directly through the top on the Trex decking I used a torqs head, color coordinated screw from a company called Screw Products Inc. I can not say enough about this product. You need to use their counter sink drill set up and you’re off to the races. FANTASTIC product. It didn’t hurt that we had 90+ rain free days this summer to help make this a more comfortable undertaking (if you can call jack hammering and hauling by wheel borrow to the pick up 8 ton of concrete COMFORTABLE). So have a look at the pics, ask any questions you like and thank you for looking.

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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#1 posted 12-11-2012 06:24 PM

Well done! Very nice finish, and I am sure that Trex decking will last quite some time. Too bad I didn’t either know about it, or it didn’t exist when I was building my decks long ago. Boy I don’t envy all that rock/concrete hauling! Enjoy! You have earned it!

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#2 posted 12-11-2012 07:03 PM

Very nicely done. I live in the DC area and my dad lives in Paulsbo. Small world !

-- Crashn - the only thing I make more of than sawdust is mistakes

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#3 posted 12-11-2012 07:07 PM

Beautiful deck. That’s your reward for the work required to build it.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 12-11-2012 10:11 PM

What a lovely scenario! A zen place for sure!

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#5 posted 12-11-2012 10:39 PM

Hey Jim – congrats on the grandbaby – and great job on the deck! Now, hopefully the weather behaves so you can enjoy it! Nothing but snow here! Take care…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 12-12-2012 02:47 AM

Gorgeous clean lines and color combination.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#7 posted 12-12-2012 03:42 AM

I love the two toned.. Beautiful work!

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#8 posted 12-12-2012 04:17 PM

Great looking deck, sir! The Trex decking is definitely the way to go – worth the expense.

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#9 posted 12-12-2012 05:26 PM

Nice job,,,, really nice.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#10 posted 12-14-2012 09:05 PM

Thanks all, can’t wait until spring to bring the deck furniture back out and enjoy it. For some reason it has always botheres me to make those 3 steps down to get to the patio slab. Now it’s just walk straight out and I’m there. Now I don’t have to guard against the dog getting out when I go out there. We can both go out and enjoy it, him with his chew toy and me with my Corona and Patron…...

-- Jim Roberts, Port Orchard Washington

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