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Old 01-03-2015, 07:44 PM   #1
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Hello everyone. Just want to say Hi and introduce myself. My name is Mat. You can call me Mat or Newguy2015.

I live in Central Texas. I'm originally from Maryland. Have not lived in the lovely state of Maryland since I first entered the armed forces in 1980,. I go back time to time to visit family. I live in Texas cause I rarely have to shovel snow and deal with long periods of extreme cold.

Plus I'm a country boy wanna be minus the horse and stetson. Or is that a cowboy. Any way I love lots of space so I can learn new hobbies and such....love to tinker and learn.....

In my time at my present home now for 20 years, I've built a 16'x44' deck twice. I had to do it twice cause the first one was not built right. The footings were not deep enough and the beam spans were all wrong. It sank in different spots and wound up looking like an accordian. Had to look at that thing for about 18 or more years until one day I pulled it all apart and rebuilt it.

My new inspiration to build the new deck came from my success with my 16'x12'x12' shed. Built in 2007 on 4' deep piers 4 feet apart. Still plumb and level to this day....

I must say it was a hard and painful lesson to look at that first deck all those years.

I rebuilt it in 2013 and it is way better than the first. Can you say over kill. The post are 4x6 sitting on concrete piers 3 to 4 feet deep every four feet apart. The post come all the way through the deck and form a nice and sturdy rail and pergola all around the deck. My property has a lot of black clay. Looks like really good soil until it's wet or dry. Any way that's one of my experiences....I better shut up now so someone can get a word in....


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Old 01-03-2015, 08:03 PM   #2
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Hi Mat, welcome to the forum! Lots of DIY'ers and experienced pros here.

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Old 01-03-2015, 08:40 PM   #3
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Welcome to the diy chatroom Mat! Glad you could join us!
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Old 01-03-2015, 08:57 PM   #4
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Welcome to the forms. Maryland has certainly changed a good bit since 1980. Certainly more wide-open spaces in Texas as compared to Maryland DC and Virginia.
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