Deck, last job/project for a while!

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Project by Matt posted 06-15-2011 12:48 AM 2089 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Normally I don’t post pictures of jobs that I have done for homeowners on their houses. But this one is special. It is one of the last jobs I will do for quite a while. I have enlisted in the U.S Army and I am shipping out to basic at Ft. Benning within a few weeks.

This is what I did for my job. I was a self employed carpenter mostly doing residential work. I worked with a guy that had taught me a lot and after a few years of learning the tips and tricks of everything I started doing jobs by myself and also working with him full time. I love this kind of work but it has slowed down in my area so bad that I can’t rely on it anymore. Spent a few months of just getting by looking for different jobs with no luck. Just a bunch of loss hope. I then decided to do what has been on the back of my mind for years and years. So I got to talking to a recruiter and decided this was the best time for my to do it. I signed my contract and swore in and I am on my way to opening up a new chapter. I’m looking forward to it and excited as ever.

The deck one of the smallest decks I’ve done. It is 12×16. All pt lumber. I removed a 3/0 door and re-framed the wall for the 6’ sliding door. and what a difference it made for the inside of the room and outside as well. Its the lowest line of the Pella brand but for the price it was a very nice door. (beats some 2k+ Anderson doors we have installed) Easy to install and looks great. The homeowner was extremely happy that she has an deck to entertain on and loved it. (she use to have a small 6×6 I believe porch) It was a nice easy deck and a great way to end. Thanks for looking guys!

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#1 posted 06-15-2011 12:52 AM

nice work and good luck on your new adventure…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#2 posted 06-15-2011 12:54 AM

the best to you matt

in your new path

God be with you

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 06-15-2011 01:28 AM

Good Luck, and THANK YOU, for what you are going to do for all of us.

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#4 posted 06-15-2011 01:32 AM

Nice work, I wish you all the best.

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Ben Miller

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#5 posted 06-15-2011 02:43 AM

Nice work and thank you for your upcoming service!


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#6 posted 06-15-2011 03:07 AM

Well done. Fort Benning … in summer? Many thanks in advance to you and all those who serve. I will pray for a cool Georgia summer!

-- If I had more money, I'd have more tools

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 03:21 AM

I hope you like the georgia state birds they big enough to carry you away at night! Great deck and I hope you enjoy the Army!

-- Think it, See it, Design it. Build it, Enjoy it!

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Jim Jakosh

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#8 posted 06-15-2011 04:51 AM

Excellent looking deck!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 06-15-2011 05:07 AM

Great deck.

Hope your new adventure turns out well Matt.
Keep your head down!

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#10 posted 06-15-2011 05:59 AM

Nice work Matt and you stay safe. I aways have our military men and women in my prayers. Thank you for your service.

-- Russ

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#11 posted 06-15-2011 02:54 PM

Hey Matt, the deck looks great! Thank you in advance for your service to our country. God bless you and the United States of America

-- I don't know what this is going to be like, but there's only one way to find out..........

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#12 posted 06-16-2011 12:36 AM

Great work, good luck, maybe they have an opening in the SeaBees

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 06-16-2011 06:35 AM

Nice work on the deck and great work swearing in on the enlistment contract. I retired in 2008 from a combination of Active, Guard and Reserve time with the US Army. Go get em. Just remember this little tidbit of advice. Mouth Shut, Eyes and ears OPEN! I enlisted in 1987, so I doubt much has changed. Good luck and give it all you got!
OH By the way, most active duty posts have a craft center with a fully stocked wood shop. Cheap wood for what you get and most of the tools you’ll need. I always took the basics with me because a lot the center’s tools were dull or pretty beat up. Even with dull tools it beats losing all your pay at the silly bars downtown. Best of luck and may God be with you.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#14 posted 06-16-2011 04:01 PM

Thank you for the comments everyone. My mos is 11x option 40, which means I go to basic, advanced individual training (infantry), Jump school (airborne), then ranger school.

BTKS You have no idea how many people told me Shut up and pay attention and you’ll do fine :p Oh and run run run, if you aren’t puking you aren’t running hard enough. And hurry up and wait isn’t just for MEPS anymore!

Thank you all again.

-- Hold on! Let me get the board stretcher!

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#15 posted 06-16-2011 06:22 PM

I really dig that deck…it looks very professional.

A tip about basic training. Never stand out, and if the TI doesn’t even know who you are at the end…you’ve done your job. 14 years in the AF and going strong.

-- A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval. -- Mark Twain

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