So Saturday Morning the family came out and we got to work on framing the deck. Though I designed the deck on paper, it was up to my son-in-law Dave to make it a reality.
He would have to not only know what to do, but organize the remaining three of us, who did not have a great amount of experience with major construction projects, in such a way as to become an effective crew. He did a great job.
Our first task was to set a 2X10 ledger into the concrete foundation. Here's Dave and my son-in-law Lyle doing that.
The length of the deck is almost 30 feet. So we cut to length two 2X10X16's and set them in with concrete fasteners.
First we drilled holes in the beams, used these to mark the place in the concrete, then drilled half-inch holes into the concrete. Placing the boards back in place, we pounded in the bolts which then expand into the foundation. Finally we tighten the nuts.
The next step was to bolt a 2X10X12 to the outer post, beveling the end. The posts we set before are going to also be used to anchor the railings, so the plan was to build the frame around the posts.
But that's not enough. We then cut another 2X10 to run from the ledger to the inside of the post and bolted it to the outside framing piece; doubling the strength. We did this all around the outside frame. Here's my son Stephen inspecting the work we did.
The next step was to place the floor joists every 16 inches.
And place "hangers" around each joist after they are nailed to the frame. Here's a rare picture of me doing just that taken by my daughter.
By Saturday night, we had the framing complete and some of the skirting done.
Day two; Sunday; was devoted to the decking. Here, we ran into a little problem.
But we fixed it and went back to work.
We kept working until we ran out of material. We got pretty close by about 5pm on Sunday.
I'm taking a little vacation time so I should be able to finish things up. Though I'll be leaving the stairs to Dave.
One more thing I should mention: a family project such as this can't be done by just the men. In order for everyone to be here, there were seven grandchildren to manage and keep away from the job site. They also had to be entertained sufficiently to keep from distracting the workers. Good thing there were three daughters and a grandmother to take on that job.
A little inflatable pool helped immensly
Oh, and one more thing: You don't want to take on a job like this without a professional nail gun and compressor. We had one thanks to Dave's employer Eric Henderson.