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Project by Nate Meadows posted 05-21-2012 02:18 PM 2275 views 4 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I revived this deck while we lived in Virginia. Even though I was going through some intensive therapy and walking with a cane I couldn’t not, not work with wood! Plus our house needed some major repairs! I worked on my knees allot as I had not learned to cope with the vertigo very well yet. It was a very slow process because the headaches interrupted the process all the time. But I got through it and it was worth it…only to move:). It was our first house though so we will always remember it with love.

I had to change the framing structure to allow for the alternate direction of the decking and that took time and some thought. But it worked out well I think. The center I used L brackets and attached it from below. I pulled up ever piece and got rid of the bad ones. I screwed the deck down this time. I bull nosed every end! I then sanded down the entire deck with my 12in disc sander and replace the exterior run with Trex. I but three coats of Thompsons’ Water Seal on it and I was done.

The Stairs were straight…I made them cure…and I made them out of Trex because they were out in the weather. The same with the handrails.

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate





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eddie

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#1 posted 05-21-2012 02:38 PM

Nate that turned out beautiful ,i like the different pattern,you just cant keep a good man down .

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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Nate Meadows

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#2 posted 05-21-2012 03:35 PM

Thanks Eddie, your very kind, you know that?

Very Gratefully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Gshepherd

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#3 posted 05-21-2012 03:39 PM

Nice work, I like the extra touch in adding the bullnose. It blended everything in very well.

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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Nate Meadows

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#4 posted 05-21-2012 04:10 PM

Thanks Gshepherd,

I didn’t like the straight cuts up against a factory bull nosed side either.

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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DocSavage45

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#5 posted 05-21-2012 04:14 PM

Nate,

I came to MN at request of some psychologists who worked w/TBI. Wanted to help people going through this thing others cannot see? Had gotten training while working at state hospital in Illinois.

The people that I worked with 9(the clients) taught me sooooo much more than the doc’s.

I worked on their motivation. You are working on mine!

Very nice!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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Nate Meadows

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#6 posted 05-21-2012 04:38 PM

Thank you Doc, you are very kind and encouraging.

TBI is a very strange an illusive thing. The doctors are still struggling to understand it all. Because of the advance in protective technology we, the soldiers, are surviving blasts and explosions that would have killed us in previous wars. However the injuries we are sustaining are becoming more complex.

I never suffered from headaches, nausea or vertigo before that day. Now it seems like it won’t stop or go away. My memory is horrible, I live by lists. I have nerve damage that effects my hands and feet (they go numb and tingle all the time, especially without the medication) And now since the stroke my right eye goes out regularly…I am only 31 :)

I thank you so very much for working with those who suffer with TBI. It is a over used phrase in the media, just like PTSD. But they are serious and life changing things. Thank you Doc for your work. It makes a difference, it really does! Stay strong, be encouraged. I am routing for you!

Very Gratefully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#7 posted 05-21-2012 07:34 PM

Wow, that looks really cool Nate. Great work!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 05-21-2012 08:15 PM

Good job on that deck Nate! I like that you used different joints to make the work stand out more!

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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Nate Meadows

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#9 posted 05-21-2012 08:53 PM

Thank you very much Mike!

Very Gratefully,

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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Nate Meadows

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#10 posted 05-21-2012 08:54 PM

Thanks Erwin,

It was a fun job and kept me busy during a hard time :).

Nate

-- "With a little bit of faith, and some imagination, you can build anything!" Nate

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#11 posted 05-21-2012 11:53 PM

Good stuff Nate – your endurance is really an inspiration and the results are great! Thanks for sharing!

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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BigAl98

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#12 posted 05-22-2012 12:41 AM

Thanks Nate for the inspiration!

-- Al,New Jersey -To thine own self be true

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SirFatty

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#13 posted 05-22-2012 12:57 AM

Floors are a specialty of yours! Great work.

-- Visit my blog at dave.spalla.com

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 05-22-2012 01:11 AM

Great job on that deck. It has your signature on it! I’m like you in that it seems staying really busy always helps whatever ails me at the time.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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BTKS

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#15 posted 05-22-2012 01:57 AM

I really like the bull nose butt joints. I’ve had lots of trouble with the ends pulling or warping after installation, even with wood I predried for one or two years. This looks like a solution worth trying.
Thanks for posting.

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

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