I never did anything with the deck yesterday as I had some errands I had to run. This morning I started about 8:00 making sure that I had everything in place to rise the deck.
Up inside the door I have a 4×4 36” long that is resting on either side of the door frame. It is kept 3’ off the floor with a strapping legs. I will use this 4×4 as a place to tie off the deck as I tip it up. You can see the heavy duty tie down straps that I will be using to pull the deck into position. Also note the vertical 2×8s screwed to the deck.
I am using my car jack to raise the deck 6” and then I relocate the 2×8s by dropping them 6”. I then release the jack, build up the base under the jack and raise the deck another 6”. I did this several times until the deck was about 3’ off the ground.
Here are a couple of lifting progress pics.
When I had it 3” off the ground I went upstairs and pulled of the straps. No go. Hmmmmmm. DW then came outside and said “why don’t you use the come-along”. Doh . . . why didn’t I think of that. In the picture below you can see the red strap connecting the steel cable of the come-along. I have removed the vertical 2×8s.
Here I am ratcheting the come-along and rising the deck. The cable is about as far as I can pull it in at this point in time.
The bolts are sliding into the mortises.
Another view of bracing the deck.
After a little more ratcheting the deck falls into place. Here I am screwing in a lag.
Putting washers and nuts on the bolts that came through the mortises.
Looking up through.
I reworked some of the bracing and started working on the stringers. Tomorrow I will have to add the back deck posts and start the decking.