Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Deck continues piece by piece

Returning from vacation to find the rock had been carried in to cover the area below the deck was nice to see. This would help speed things along as we proceeded to the next step in the process.

Double 2x12 beams held in place with post connector brackets. Surprising stable and a lot less work then notching the posts.

Next the 2x10 floor joists placed 16" on center. These were toe nailed to the beams. The tricky part would be the small wedge shaped deck piece that would connect the main 20 by 24 deck to the sidewalk. For this we used a 6x6 beam and had to be careful with the post height to insure that the finished deck surface would be level with the sidewalk.

You can see the dreaded gap! After several calculations, checks and re-checks...

 Mission accomplished! Next, composite decking.  Ordered and should arrive Friday.

Monday, July 15, 2013

Hodan Deck

The new project is a 20' by 24' deck project for the Hodan Center in Mineral Point, WI. Made good progress last week, have a look.

Nasty 20 degree slope on the back side of the deck made difficult work for the Bobcat and the guy drilling the holes for us.

Thought that drilling 18" diameter holes would help. Didn't work. More than half of the 24 holes were "a bit off" and required serious hand digging.

The area was all rock fill and hard packed clay! No picnic and tricky footing.

With the posts finally set it was time to trim them off to the required height so the final deck surface will be level to the sidewalk for wheelchair access.

We laid on a layer of fabric at this time that will be covered with rock to prevent future weed growth. This is being done now before the beams and joists that would certainly get in the way of the rock people.

Saturday, July 6, 2013

Gearing up again

With the reassembly of the recycled barn cabin now almost complete I will begin gearing up for another cabin build this winter!
First load of logs loaded and ready to go.

Six logs racked for storage on 6x6 runners.

Below are some pictures of the reassembled Lamont barn cabin. Tom did a great job and he will have a nice place to enjoy a hot cup of coffee this winter when he is out working on his hobby farm.

And to think this came from an old barn that was being demolished!