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Old 04-21-2013, 12:43 PM   #1
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I'm sure many of you especially the contractors here have seen a deck so bad that you had to do a double take and wonder how that thing is still standing. I think I may have one that takes the cake.

This is a friend of mines house which I stay at for a few months every winter while I work and he's in Mexico. He built this thing probably 20 yeas ago and as you might guess, no permits were pulled.

We had plenty of parties on that deck back in the day but it wasn't until last year I actually looked underneath.

Scary stuff.
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Very nice!
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the deck doesn't know it shouldn't be standing ..... amazing!

thanks for the post kwik I'll have to save a copy of the photo
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WOW You dont take your morning coffee on that do you?
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Betcha you can get a 4 inch ball between the deck and the bottom of the
railing!

At least they did manage to hit that post!
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When we uncover scary stuff we always say "it's amazing what nothing holds"
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Betcha you can get a 4 inch ball between the deck and the bottom of the
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At least they did manage to hit that post!
If that was the only problem, I wouldn't be worried about it for normal use!
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WOW You dont take your morning coffee on that do you?
Not anymore I don't and that's a shame because there's actually a lot to look at.

If I turned around 180 from where I took the pictures there's a 150'+ year round waterfall and about 60' below the deck is the creek from the falls.

There's a river right on the other side of that road you can see from that deck too.

I've been giving him crap ever since, telling him no more Mexico until he rebuilds that deck. Guess where he is right now?

At least there are never any kids around and the few adults that are know better.
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At least they did manage to hit that post!
Well I'm pretty sure that beam was full bearing on that post when it was built.

Looks like the little PT lumber tag is holding up nicely though.
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And how do you know it was?
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And how do you know it was?
No, I wasn't there that day if that's what you're getting at.
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Great quote! So true on so many occasions. This deck probably falls (pun intended) under the 8th wonder... Scary!
Please don't have your coffee under the deck either, ok?
Thanks for the photos.

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