we got decked.
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Step 2: Lay out the pressure-treated support boards. The plans called for 6-inch boards, but I went with 10-inch since at that point I was planning on facing the edges with 12-inch Hardy (10-inch boards plus 2-inch decking 12 inches).
Here's how the boards fit into the deck footers:
Grumpy old man interlude: Kids, I remember back in my day when these footers were of much higher quality where I didn't have to chisel out the concrete bits to make it all level. I also had to carry them both ways uphill in snow.
Step 3: Add the facing plates and then the side plates. This took a wee bit of doing being one dude, but bricks and boards allowed me to get the various bits at the right height.
Grumpy old man interlude: Back in my day, although 2 x 4 wasn't quite 2 inches by 4 inches, I could count on the width (10 inches) being consistent. It seems that these days that is not consistent. And I had to carry the damn things uphill both ways in snow.
Step 4: Add the side bracing. This is where I needed to make the six cuts. These side boards help support the cantilevered edges to the right and left of the photo above. I critical piece here is measuring across the deck to make sure it's the same length throughout (them boards be bowed).
Step 6: Seal the decking boards as well as the sides of the frame. This took about a solid day to do since I did all six sides of each board. Note that this is the "clear" sealer. Not so clear, is it?
Here you can see the before sealed (right) and after sealed (left):
Step 7: Install the decking boards. I spaced them by using three good-sized nails that are about 1.8-inch in diameter. As it turned out, the boards fit the deck perfectly such that I did;t have to rip cut the last board.
Grumpy old man aside: Back in my days, besides clamshell phones, we had board that were all the same length. Seems that the crazy kids these days cut em all in different lengths. And I had to carry my two spacing sales uphill both ways in snow storms.