Napaman's Deck Project #1: Deck Project #1--It has begun...

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Blog entry by Napaman posted 07-19-2008 09:12 PM 1272 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well…now that the garden bed and children’s area are complete we have begun phase three of our back yard makeover—-the deck behind the garage…

The purpose of the deck is to extend the one car garage…adding work space…but also it will cover a drain area because of some back yard flooding we are trying to fix…

We are making this as a simple 12×12 deck that will sit on top of cement piers thus making it a flooting deck…

The framing is made out of 2×6 treated lumber and the decking is going to be made out of 2×6 redwood…it was pricey (dont tell my wife)...but I think it will look much nicer than the green treated lumber that the original plan calls for…

Yesterday I started sinking the piers that go next to the garage…and then I have to trench out the area where the where the joist fits…these are the hardest since the ground is highest near the garage—-in order for the back doors of the garage to open I have to lower the deck enough to allow the door t to let it swing open…the only problem is that the garage has a cement “ramp” what comes out…so I have not decided how I will let the deck top meet it…

I can either keep the end of the deck even and leave a gap along the edge…or I can have the deck top go to the garage on the parts where there is no ramp and have the deck boards where the ramp is butt against it…

once we are framed up we can play with the deck top and see what it all looks like…in different configurations…

I will post more picts tonight…we hope to sink all the piers and MAYBE have the framing done…but now we are getting a late start…




-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#1 posted 07-19-2008 10:01 PM

Nice looking play set!

You are lucky with your piers. Here in south central PA, I had to dig down 36” for my footers- when we put in our deck!


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#2 posted 07-19-2008 10:36 PM

Great start! I have always looked at those prefab piers and wished I could use them! Can’t float a deck here in new England..Like you Lew, I had to dig down 42” for my deck piers!..7 of them..that was fun!


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#3 posted 07-19-2008 10:38 PM

Looks good!

Thanks for the post


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Mark Shymanski

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#4 posted 07-20-2008 05:39 AM

Good looking play structure for the kids, good luck on the deck. Thanks for blogging the process.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#5 posted 07-20-2008 06:33 AM

Nice Matt. Looks like vacation has you doing Honey Do’s.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#6 posted 07-20-2008 07:05 AM

Looking good so far. Thats a really nice playset as well.

-- Steve-o

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#7 posted 07-20-2008 08:25 PM

HI Matt,

Looks like you are off to a great start. I cannot wait to see the process that you make. How big is that back yard of yours anyway I am jealous!

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#8 posted 07-23-2008 11:40 PM

Matt, when I see the stuff you’re doing, I’m reminded of all the projects I’ve undertaken over the years and just how much work they all involved. With that in mind, I’ve got just 2 things to say.
1) More power to ya!
2) I’m glad it’s not me doing that
You’ll have great satisfaction from all these projects if you don’t work yourself to death. Remember to step back and admire the work from time to time, it makes the project much more satisfying. -Tom

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#9 posted 07-31-2008 02:55 AM

Matt: I had missed your desk and all of its. posts. So I’m starting from the beginning.

Thanks for the message.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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