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Building a Deck from my SketchUp plan! #3: Deck in constuction stage!

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Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 06-11-2008 01:05 AM 3111 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Some modifications to the deck plan! Part 3 of Building a Deck from my SketchUp plan! series Part 4: The Grand Finale! »

Well, we got the permit, & finally started building it.

The demolishing of the old porch didn’t take too long,


because it was so poorly constructed, it was hanging by a thread.

They poured the slab over some clay in between the foundation walls,

The clay had settled over time, so there was nothing holding up the slab.

there were two 16” 2×2s just under the threshold, each with about 5 nails in each.

There was nothing holding up the 6 foot length along the wall, & no re-bar.

Since the clay had settled, we didn’t have to haul away any rubble, it fit in the hole.

I hardly needed to look at my SketchUp plan, because I’ve been looking at it so long while drawing it.

I had to make a few minor adjustments to some of the dimensions as i was building it.

I made up a short slide show to show our progress.

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I’ve decided to make the balusters out of 2 X 6s, because I don’t think the quality of the 5/4 material is strong enough. I can get clearer boards in the 2 X 6s.
So now I’ll have to exchange some boards.

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Another Slide show.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1



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teenagewoodworker

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#1 posted 06-11-2008 01:21 AM

this is really coming along great! nice slide show too! thanks for the post.

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Diane

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#2 posted 06-11-2008 01:47 AM

Nice show, sure can see pretty much how you did all of it to that point. I have Photobucket too, I had no idea that such a nice show could be done. Thanks for showing it.

Diane

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Grumpy

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#3 posted 06-11-2008 02:15 AM

You know Dick, I did the same thing on a project using sketchup. Hardly looked at the plan when I was making it but I think the thing is you have solved a lot of problems with design & measurements when you do the sketch & construction should be a breeze.
Great pictures, looks like all the family chipped in.
By the way, excellent job on the deck. The council inspector should be happy.

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

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dlcarver

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#4 posted 06-11-2008 02:18 AM

wow Dick. I think it’s just great that you can do that to slide show and all that. I love it
Good Job…Dave

-- Dave Leitem,Butler,Pa.,http://dlcarver.etsy.com

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 06-11-2008 02:24 AM

Dick,

The family teamwork is always a joy to experience. I am so glad that your wife took so many progress photos. It made for such a great slide show.

I am quite envious of your computer skills in all that you do.

Send cookies, will enjoy them.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 06-11-2008 02:32 AM

Dick,

This was a well produced slideshow. It is nice to see everyone involved in the project as well.

Great job so far.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 06-11-2008 03:28 AM

Thank you all!

It rained here today, so I spent a little time on the computer, & rested my weary bones.

It was fun doing this slide show.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 06-11-2008 07:38 AM

Dick that was a great slide show presentation. You and Barb are a good team. As for your work on the new deck – you Supervisory skills really shine, you are a natural :-)). Good looking addition to the old homestead.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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trifern

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#9 posted 06-11-2008 01:50 PM

Nice looking front porch. I really like the baluster design. I look forward to seeing the finished project. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#10 posted 06-11-2008 04:42 PM

great progress. can’t wait to see the finished porch.

-- life can always be weaved into a song.

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#11 posted 06-11-2008 08:27 PM

Great show Dick and Barb. I’m amazed at your skills at the computer Dick. I thought Karson was the only guy with the big brain, apparently there’s two of you. That was great, captions and all. Thanks by the way for the Happy Bday wish, it meant a lot coming from you, you know that. God Bless, mike

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

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 06-11-2008 08:48 PM

Thanks again to all of you!

Mike, you’re wrong about the brain part, I just spend too much time on my Mac.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Taigert

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#13 posted 06-12-2008 12:33 PM

Great job of showing the whole process with a slide show. it looks like you ended up with a nice solid deck.

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 06-12-2008 01:25 PM

Thank you Ed!

The project has been at a standstill the last couple of days, because of all the rain.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Jeff

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#15 posted 06-13-2008 06:28 AM

Hi Dick. I’m a little late on this but just wanted to let you know it was looking great. Tell Barb that I did enjoy her photos and appreciate her for taking them. When you guys are done there will be many pizza and cookie breaks had on that porch for sure.

Isn’t this rain nuts??

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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