Monday, March 29, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Monday, March 22, 2010

deck progress

first couple rows of planks are up. since some of them are crowned, we are getting bo wrench tomorrow before we continue.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

framing continues

framing portion of deck is now complete. as soon as inspector approves, we can lay hardwood planks.

Friday, March 12, 2010

deck framing

today we framed main and perimeter beams. no columns were used since our finish floor is so low above grade. beams sit directly on concrete bases in simpson pockets.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

deck foundations

saturday we rented ground hog to dig holes for deck foundations. it is very handy machine. we managed to dig 10 holes in just 2 hours.
next time i will use 10" bit for 8" tube to have some moving space for adjustement.
lulu inspecting holes. we need to wait for real city inspection before we could proceed.

today i placed paper tubes and poured foundations.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


so the temperature climbed over 50 and we were able to start our deck project.
first, temporary deck between garage and house needed to be removed. eventually this whole corridor will become deck.
the trench is for irrigation main line. unfortunately it has to go under the future deck. to keep it easier to fix the pipe in case something happens, we are placing the main in 2# bigger sleeve. that way we just pull it out, fix it and push it back without having to remove the deck.
deck staked out.
also we started to level all the dirt to get it ready for grass and decorative gravel.

and of course, our helper.