My New Deck

hunnerbun(Z-0b, Manitoba)October 8, 2006

This was my project last weekend.

Saturday evening I replaced the skirting from under the old deck and started aying outthe frame.

Sunday I finished the main part and Monday Hubby helped me do the stairs.

Today I did all the spindles on the rails. I still have to put the lattice along the bottom edge, but it just got too cold to finish today.

It is 12x12 and I made the stairs 4' wide so the jog at the front would be 8'. Made it really easy, hardly any cutting at all.

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Michele, looks great! What color are you going to stain it next year? Are you going for a wood grain look or are you painting it a solid color?


    Bookmark   October 8, 2006 at 8:19AM
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hunnerbun(Z-0b, Manitoba) feels great to accomplish something so substantial.

The back deck is stained a reddish cedar color so we'll most likely do it the same.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2006 at 11:17AM
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Pudge 2b

Very nice indeed, and impressive carpentry skills.

I often think I would tackle building something if I wasn't so deathly afraid of saws. Any other tools I can handle but an electric saw (table, skill, chop) just give me the willies - I hate even watching DH operate one, and I'm usually the one holding the other end of the board.

    Bookmark   October 8, 2006 at 2:21PM
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Michele, since our house had the cedar shakes on it, this summer when I stained our deck, I opted for the cedar stain. It took me about 2 weeks to finally finish staining it. Glad I don't have to do that every summer!


    Bookmark   October 8, 2006 at 2:31PM
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marciaz3 Tropical 3 Northwestern Ontario

Really nice, Michele! I too am impressed with your carpentry skills. May i invite you and your tools down for a couple of weeks? :>

    Bookmark   October 8, 2006 at 3:41PM
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SeaOtterCove(2b BC)

Great job Michele. If you want I have a deck that could be redone as well. :)


    Bookmark   October 8, 2006 at 7:40PM
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northspruce(z3a MB CDA)

It looks great Hunner, good job! Isn't it the greatest feeling to make something yourself?

    Bookmark   October 8, 2006 at 11:49PM
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Konrad___far_north(3..just outside of Edmonton)

It looks very nice!!..Job well done!

    Bookmark   October 9, 2006 at 12:45AM
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luv2gro(z3a AB)

Terrific job, Michele. Look at all the space for deck baskets and rail baskets. : D. I, like Pudge, am afraid of the saw, although I have had to use it. But, it is the one tool I try to avoid.

DH finally got the deckboards on the phase #2 of our deck. We built a composite deck and bought the deckboards for both levels last summer. I was going to become a really "cranky" wife if the second level didn't get on this summer because they sun fade slightly every year. But, they are all done and it looks great. So, he's back in my good graces again.


    Bookmark   October 9, 2006 at 1:43PM
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Laurie_z3_MB(sw MB)

Great looking deck Michele! I wish I had carpentry skills like yours. I could get so much more done around here! Our main deck needs to be redone too. The people who built our house just put a plywood floor on the deck and covered it with carpet. Now, of course, it's rotting underneath :(

    Bookmark   October 10, 2006 at 10:06AM
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north53 Z1b MB(zone 1b Canada)

Wow, I'm totally impressed also. Great job!
I've often wished I had taken a carpentry course so I could complete all the unfinished work around this house. Sigh....
But then I think that's why I spend so much time working out in the yard on my garden. For the most part I can do it all myself and don't have to wait for anyone to do his part.

    Bookmark   October 10, 2006 at 11:12AM
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ian_bc_north(z3 BC)

Nice job!
Funny thing is the one thing that caught my eye in the photos was the vanity plate on one of the cars.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2006 at 12:38PM
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Ian, Michele is a hairdresser (hair stylist) so thus the license plate on the car. It would be a guy who would notice that! Okay, Ian...what kind of vehicle does she drive...(I sure don't know). Michele, don't tell him...


    Bookmark   October 11, 2006 at 4:09PM
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ian_bc_north(z3 BC)

I would venture a guess at a Toyota.
I am way out of date on vehicles these days and so many appear as if they could have been run off the same assembly line.

I was aware that Michelle is a hairdresser. ItÂs funny that the plate just seemed to jump out at me when I viewed the photo.
I suppose that itÂs like Verena and antlers.

    Bookmark   October 11, 2006 at 7:53PM
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hunnerbun(Z-0b, Manitoba)

LOL....not a Toyota... Its actually a Pontiac Torrent. I had the same plate in Nova Scotia so I was really excited that I was able to get the same one here.

Thanks for all the compliments on the deck....and all the offers of work. The funny thing is that the girl I work with, Mel, is pretty handy too. She has completely gutted her whole house and is rebuiding it herself. Today we were talking and she said we should start a side business. I said sure we'll call it M & M Builders. Hehehe

    Bookmark   October 11, 2006 at 8:45PM
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Great job! It looks awesome. You could do a workshop at the reunion. I love carpentry projects...and power tools...MORE POWER...ARH ARH ARH! LOL. I've wanted to take a course in carpentry for a while now...wonder if Red Deer College offers any night courses...hmmm.

Ian...LOL! Guess I'm getting a reputation...hehe!


    Bookmark   October 12, 2006 at 12:43PM
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