A Nice Sized Deck

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Project by Keni posted 07-01-2008 04:55 AM 2426 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wish this was something in the custom cabinetry but I have poured my heart and soul into this project and wanted to share it with you all. I don’t normally except deck jobs but this was a real challenge that I couldn’t let slip by! It is a very large 2 story deck that wraps around an above ground swimming pool. This is a repeat customer of mine who really wanted me to build her a deck and had a really good idea of exactly what she wanted. She picked all man made materials for the surfaces and railing. I wrapped some of the surfaces with aluminum trim coil and did the low voltage lights in the railing posts. I had a really good time putting this project in motion and because of this project the neighbor’s daughter stopped by and insisted that I build her a deck with the same materials at her house. I stopped by her house and see lots of opportunity for some other more interesting interior projects that I would like to handle for her so I am now scheduled to build her a 16’ x 80’ deck on the back of her house!! There goes my summer!!! Yeah!!! ;o)

-- Williamsport, MD

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#1 posted 07-01-2008 05:34 AM

Keni that’s a major project to be proud of… great work provided to a repeat customer. I only hope they let you enjoy the fruits of your labor…thanks for the post Blkcherry

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#2 posted 07-01-2008 05:41 AM

“Boy you have a big deck.” said Larry the Cable Guy.

It looks like a great place to relax. You should be proud! Thank you for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 07-01-2008 06:17 AM

LOOKS WONDERFUL ! Being a novice builder , I am wondering why such a large gap between the deck boards ? Are you allowing filtered light to the lower level or something unique like that ? It appears to be about a 3/8” to 1/2” gap from the photos.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#4 posted 07-01-2008 07:32 AM


Just post these pictures around the neighborhood some more and I think you will be booked for the next few summers! Great looking decks.


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#5 posted 07-01-2008 02:58 PM

Nice job. Yea the neighborhoods gonna be jumpin who’s got the best and biggest deck. Maybe it’ll go on into the winter.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 07-01-2008 05:15 PM

I’d love one like this to go around a hot tub in my back yard. Great work!

What is that man-made decking liike to work with?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 07-02-2008 02:13 AM

Great looking deck. I made one like that & it lasted 20 years. I am sure you will get your monies worth.

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

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#8 posted 07-02-2008 10:53 PM

The decking material I used is called “Eon” and it is made in Canada. They were very helpful with technical questions and even cut me a break on shipping a specialty piece of “T” moulding that my local supplier didn’t have in stock. I found the material very easy to cut although I used an old blade and I would recommend anyone cutting tis stuff to be careful as it can melt if you don’t move the saw blade along quickly! Other than that, it works great!

As for the spacing between the deck boards, they have a biscuit type fastener that gets screwed to the joist between the deck boards and it sets the space at about 3/8”. My customer specifically wanted this type of decking with the spaces since she wanted the look and in her mind it allowed for better water run-off. Remember…”The customer is always RIGHT”......Right????

-- Williamsport, MD

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#9 posted 07-03-2008 02:35 AM

Hi! Keni,
As usual, you do some really great work. You will probably build decks for the whole neighborhood before you can get out of it.

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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