Diary of a Stay at Home Dad: Anatomy of a Deck

Been a while.  Been a long while.

Since I had the clothes folding and kitchen cleaning down to a science I decided it was time to tackle something else.

I’m rebuilding my deck.

By myself.

Well, not exactly by myself.  A good friend, Tom, came over to help with what we thought would be the hard part: reframing, re-digging, and pouring concrete to frame out the deck.  John was also there for the framing and also for the laying of the new deck boards and the momentous task of digging and laying the footer for the stairs.  That little event almost finished us.

Of course my neighbor Mike is to blame for all this.  When we were discussing this last fall he said, “man you can do that yourself, it’s not hard.”  Mike underestimates my age and feebleness, and overestimates my abilities.  He’s also been there with some serious equipment, which in fact has made the job easier.

This is all building up to the lame excuse as to why it’s been three weeks since my last post.

Anyway, here are a few shots of the destruction and put back.  It’s still a work in progress.  Deck boards are down.  Rails and stairs should be going in this week, as well as the wiring for the lighted rail posts.

Brain trust doing the footing math.

Brain trust doing the footing math.

What construction would be complete without some fast food debris on site

What construction would be complete without some fast food debris on site

We added a "few" feet to the size of the original deck.

We added a “few” feet to the size of the original deck.

Unsinkable.  Oh crap ICEBERG! Dead Ahead!

Absolutely Unsinkable. Oh crap ICEBERG! Dead Ahead!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If I survive to the finish, and my hands still function properly I should be back to a regular posting schedule.

Podcast coming up this week over at Unfiltered & Unfettered.

It’s our 10th anniversary episode.  Don’t miss it.

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4 comments on “Diary of a Stay at Home Dad: Anatomy of a Deck

  1. John says:

    This deck has been like the Obama administration and following reporters: it seemed like a really good idea at the beginning!! This is the John of the John in the article.
    The deck is going to be spectacular!!
    Lots of fun and memories and oh, yeah, I fell off the deck during the construction!!

    • fmlinardo says:

      HA! Yeah I was saving the fall for the big finish. Don’t worry, I’ll make you sound like a stunt man in the final retelling.

  2. Tom Paulus says:

    Fran, looks great! Can’t wait to see the finished product!

  3. Aunt Carol says:

    Looking good Fran! Although I will tell you, that seeing a pile of construction debris still gives me chest pain! haha

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