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Old 05-14-2014, 06:40 PM  
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Bud: that's what I call a deal, good for you. I hate it when the so called pros show up to improve a place and start with a loader to distroy things like that.

I hope you do an inventory when you are done you can see how much you got paid for pulling screws. I would change the post out for 6x6s.



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Old 05-15-2014, 05:45 AM  
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I was thinking 6x6 post also the ones I’m pulling look brand new and are the right length and were only set in dirt. I haven’t decided yet as I won’t have any great spans. The deck I’m building will be free standing also.

My sister is thinking about building a small deck and has been getting quotes and having sticker shock on just the cost of materials. She asked me to find her a used deck. I asked her and who’s going to tear it down? She said what if I hired the same guy that’s building it for her to do it. I told her with the cost of labor she would most likely be cheaper going with new material. I think that’s why so much good material goes in dumpsters. I hate to see it also. I look at it not that my labor is free but like I’m saving on a gym membership.

The biggest problem is the guy that built it used cheap screws like drywall screws to attach the decking and in a few spots almost every head snapped off or were rusted shut that the bit won’t catch. Mostly around the pool side where they got wet with pool water. Fortunately those short pieces of decking won’t be of much use and I just ran a saw down and cut them out. I’ll find a use for the pieces maybe use them for garden edging or something.

I salvaged a good 150 feet of number 12 wire out of it as well.



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Use the 4x4s for the hand railing that you will need for a 3 ft high deck.

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Well the pools been down about a week and 75% of the salvaged wood has been cleaned up so I had a little time and started in on the first section of the free deck at home. The photo was taken midday I managed to get all the joists in and laid the decking out on top to cull out the best pieces, and by then it was getting to dark to take another photo so I put a couple lawn chairs on top and watched the sunset having a beer. Will post more when I get a chance.

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Had a little free time this weekend until it rained. Started on the rails. Total cost to date is about $200. Most of that is the 1500 guard dog screws. The front opening is 8 ft and that section will be removable to get the hot tub on.


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It's tough getting much done when you have three hours of time when you get to it. Tonight I built the 8' removable section. Four lags and it slips right out. Now four days of rain.


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Looking good Bud, but...where's the grill?

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Haha it's still on the front deck waiting for the last wall to go up by the stairs. When we moved in the siding was all melted from the last guys grill. Don't want that to happen again.


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I don’t know how well the poles will hold up that I built the rails out of but she wanted a rustic look and I wanted to do something different than the same 4x4 posts everyone has. The 3” X 5” x 8’ poles were on sale for $1.47 each and they were surprisingly straight and flat. At the corners I locked them in together with a 1.5 x 1.5 corner detail. They are some rock solid rails. Time will tell how they hold up or if they will twist themselves to death.

The rail height and the side to the neighbor’s house will have the lap sides like I did the tall wall to the street using up some of the leftover deck wood. The front wall I will close in with the 2 x 2’s that you normally see on decks. I’m hoping the lap sides will block the view but still let the breeze thru. That leaves the small wall by the steps that will also be a 6’ tall and a gate to keep the dog in. Then clean and stain it wire for the tub, move the grill and wait for the snow to fly.

Oh and don’t let me forget to hook the down spout back up. I can live without the waterfall feature.
Rails for the temporay fiberglass steps that I found sitting by the side of the road waiting for the trash guy. Eventually the deck will continue (maybe) along the back wall of the kitchen to the entry door. At least that was the idea when I put the lights in above the window.

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The steps look like concrete. Are they precast?



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