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Old 04-13-2010, 09:29 AM   #751
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another fine set of pictures.

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I just spent 4-1/2 hours reading all of this post from the beginning. To say the least it was pretty mesmerizing. Really made me feel guilty for spending 12 years completing my own bathroom, and thats the work I do. Hat's off to you. I have to ask, if it's not too personel. I really like to hear how you got to this point in life to be able to do what you do, and make it all work.
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This is awesome cocobolo!

I have to tell you though. When you said you were building the stairway to go down to the hot tub, I was wondering how you were planning on getting the hot tub from the store on the mainland to your back yard.

I thought, "Maybe they're having it delivered".

It never crossed my mind that you'd be building it!

This is so interesting to see the whole process. You're doing a great job. Thanks for the pics and updates.
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how did you figure out the joist/beam placement?
That isn't 'circular' and it seems to me that the 'joists' are not 'centred' on the tub?
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Thanks everyone, let me try to answer you one at a time.

jlh, thanks again for the compliment.
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This is awesome cocobolo!

I have to tell you though. When you said you were building the stairway to go down to the hot tub, I was wondering how you were planning on getting the hot tub from the store on the mainland to your back yard.

I thought, "Maybe they're having it delivered".

It never crossed my mind that you'd be building it!

This is so interesting to see the whole process. You're doing a great job. Thanks for the pics and updates.
Awww, c'mon now. You, of all people, should know I wouldn't go to a store and buy a hot tub. I will admit that I looked online for cedar tubs, and I quickly discovered that they aren't exactly giving them away these days.

I'll be carrying on with the heating setup after I get the deck finished. And, there again, any kind of heater seems to be over the moon price wise. And of course...thank you.
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how did you figure out the joist/beam placement?
That isn't 'circular' and it seems to me that the 'joists' are not 'centred' on the tub?
You're 100% correct again. Indeed the joists are not centred. I thought I had tried to explain what I was going to do there, but it probably got stuck somewhere in my mind...nothing unusual about that these days.

What I did was to pick a sort of random spot about one foot in from the south side of the tub. I know you don't know where south is, but in any event, what that had the effect of doing was to essentially shift the tub from the center of the deck and be offset by about 1 1/2 feet.

In reality, I needed to do all this on paper first, and I did pick a specific spot from which to draw the arc for the outside deck supports. In fact the tub was located first (as you know) and the deck was effectively offset. Six of one...half a dozen of the other.

Hopefully, it will become rather more clear when I cut the decking and get that on. All the boards will be tapered, and I expect I will need to make up some kind of jig to lay them out. The main reason for that being that it is unlikely that any two boards will be the same. Some of the short ones on the front side might be similar though, as they will use the real centre of the tub for layout.
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A little more progress today...the joist framing is done. Kinda looks like a big spiderweb.
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View from the front where most folks will see it from.
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I hauled up some rough cedar boards from the mill this evening. Here's the pile I will be picking from for the decking.

Some of it is a good foot or more wide.
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Today it was a trip over to town. So, not much done. I started about 7 am and got in a couple of hours before Heading across the water.

Nearly half the boards are cut and sitting in place. Nothing is nailed yet.
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...and here is a gratuitous sunset shot that we had this evening.
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I need to spend some time looking at that sunset...

Almost as pretty as the one we had tonight, but without the water.

I need a camera to catch one to post here.

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By the way, how did you cut the tapers???

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I need to spend some time looking at that sunset...

Almost as pretty as the one we had tonight, but without the water.

I need a camera to catch one to post here.

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By the way, how did you cut the tapers???

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It wasn't the best sunset we've ever had, but you gotta take what you get!

The tapers were done the hard way...or maybe it's the only way. Just used my $49 Ryobi electric hand saw. Worked just fine. And the whole lot were done using solar power, can't beat that!

I have a couple of photos to d/l from the camera, so I'll be back in a bit with at least one of them.

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