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Old 04-19-2010, 11:53 PM   #781
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Usually, when the weatherman is wrong we get upset. Today he was wrong and it was a great day. The predicted wind and rain didn't hit here until 8:30 or so this evening.

With all the deck boards prepared, I started nailing them in place permanently.

All the boards had previously been numbered. This was necessary as it would have been a nightmare to try and figure out where each one went. No two are the same.
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Old 04-19-2010, 11:57 PM   #782
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The procedure went something like this.

The exact location of each board was marked by simply making a pencil line on the joists when the boards were in place.

Then the boards were taken up and set aside. As each board went down, the inside end and the edges were stained. Then the board was nailed down, then subsequently stained.

I did them in batches of several boards. This was as far as I got by lunch time.
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:00 AM   #783
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And by the end of the very nice day I was this far.

Plus the face of the framing got stained.
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Old 04-20-2010, 12:03 AM   #784
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Incidentally, no luck with finding a curved log for the stairs. My spies who regularly patrol around the island say there's zilch right now.

So there will be a set of stairs which will land on the round deck instead. It's the best I can come up with.
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It was 50-50 with the rain today. I lost this one. Started on the deck boards this morning, but got run off by rain early this afternoon right after I had done some staining.

Looks like another coat will be in order tomorrow.
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looks like a mirror reflecting the cloudy sky
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Old 04-21-2010, 11:17 PM   #787
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You're right..it does, doesn't it.

Fact is, it was streaking caused by the afternoon rain. All fixed now though. The weather was great today. I'll be back in a bit after I get the latest photos downloaded.
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Gorgeous day today, if a bit windy.

After the deck boards were done (you'll see in a sec) I started putting on the cedar uprights which will hold the screen. They are a full 2" by 3", and generally pretty nice wood.

They are being lag screwed on, 3/8" x 4" lags, and I countersunk the heads an inch or so into the boards.
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Next I stood the boards about vertically against each post and gave the bottom lag screw a good whack. This kept the bottom of the board from moving. Then I held the level against the side of the board and whacked the top lag screw.

Now I had two marks which I could use to drill the holes for the lags.
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Give the lags a good hit and the marks are easy to see.
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Then drill the holes for the lags. I used a 7mm bit for this. If you had hardwood posts, you would probably need to use a larger bit.
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Now the posts can be bolted on. I tightened the bottom one first, then made sure the board was plumb and tightened the upper one.
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At this point the boards are plumb side to side, but not necessarily back to front. If the support posts - to which these boards are being bolted - are not plumb, and most of these were not, then you will need to start fudging somewhat.

I use wedges either at the top or bottom of the board to fix things. Here, it needed about 1/4" wedge at the bottom to bring things into line.
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All the boards are bolted into place now.
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Once that was done, I moved over to installing the stair treads so we can get up to the master bedroom deck.
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