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Epic DIY Deck Project- Part 9- All The Trimmings and Project Totals

24 Oct , 2014  


Really see the difference in species of deck boards. Pressure treated on left and faded Cedar on the right.

It’s been a few weeks, so I thought it would be a good time for an update of the Epic DIY Deck Project.

In video, I show how a simple deck board is used to frame in the outside of the deck, plus I point out another one of my finds and mention how much the project costed.

I have a few more ideas in mind, like a multi-stair landing, that leads down to the lake, but that’s for next year.

A big thanks for watching, leaving constructive comments and suggestions.

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Epic DIY Deck Project 8- Rocking Out the Deck Rails

5 Sep , 2014  

Epic-DIY-Deck-8-thumb The Epic DIY Deck Project is almost finished. Had to finish off the deck railing, add a few more deck boards, stairs and finishing touches. Had the chance to head out to the cabin on the Labour Day Long Weekend. The focus was to get the railing completed and get some close-ups on some of the steps. Hopefully the video has answered any of my viewer questions. If not, feel free to give me a shout.

Also, I wanted to mention that the entire deck rail project, except for the handrail, didn’t cost me a dime. It was all scavenged from a massive back yard play fort I dismantled 3 years ago. Aside from the tear down time, space it took for storage, I saved over $441.00!

Here’s the breakdown:

(12) 2″ x 4″x 6′ Western Red Cedar Drilled Rail $9.66 each Total $117.00 (Free)

(6) Veranda Horizontal Rail Kit $54.00 each Total $324 (Free)

(7) 4″ x 4″ x 50″ Rail Post $8.00 each Total $56.00 (Free)

(2) 2 x 6 x 18′ Cedar top rail (Utility grade) $9.00 each Total $18.00 (Paid)

(50) 3″ Deck screws $8.00 (Paid)

(16) 3/8″ x 7″ Hot dipped Galvanized bolts Total $14.00 (Paid)

Note: I’m encountering problems with the exposure settings on the HD camcorder. Sorry, if some of video looks washed out.

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Epic DIY Deck Project 7: Tips For Deck Boards

29 Aug , 2014  

IMG_5728 I took a couple days off my full-time job and worked at getting most of the deck boards down. As I was securing the planks down, I ran into a few problems. For example, I miscalculated how much lumber I actually had in-stock and was short by a 120 lineal feet. Lucky for me, I had a bunch of 5/4″ x 6″ pressure treated boards left over from a scavenged mission and got them laid down.


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The Epic DIY Deck Project -Part 4- Patch a Wall Hole & Finish Deck Joists

17 Jul , 2014  

DSC00080 On July 11th weekend, it was another work weekend at the Cedar Workshop test facility. The family and myself headed back up to the cabin with a load of deck materials. The goal was to patch up a rodent hole, that was behind the old propane tank and finish off the deck joists.

On Saturday, progress started out slow, it was only 10:00am and the temperature outside was 27*C/80*F. It made it difficult take measurements with the sun in your face and climb over the deck joists. Lucky for me, the lake was a 100′ away and I’d go jump in the lake for a few minutes.

The hole in the wall was be used by Mr. Weasel and Ms Squirrel. Wall_hile It was to gain access under the cabin. I ended up using a chunk of wood to plug the hole and then cover the wall around it with thin aluminum sheets. It should prevent the rodents from chewing another hole through the wall. It was much easier to work on the fixing the wall when the propane tank was moved and the joists were not in place.

After the hole was patched up, the joists could be hung off the ledger board and secured in place with joist hangers. I’m so glad I had plenty of joist hangers and angle brackets stockpiled. It’s a really piece of mind knowing the deck will be safe.

Next on the list was lag the ledger board into the 12″ x 12″ cedar foundation logs. The old Black and Decker corded drill could not drive the 4″ x 1/2″ lag bolts more than an inch before it died. It just didn’t have the torque. A new drill would be awesome, but, it would add to the overall cost of the deck. So I had to do the rest by hand.

DSC00086 The last thing to do was scarf in a 2″ x 10″ board into the existing beam. It was one of ends of the overlapping 2 x 10’s that was warped. It was cut out and replaced.  What I found interesting was the 20 year old 2 x 10 x 10 footers, found under the cabin was easily 1/4″ to 3/8″ wide than the newer 2 x 10s. See the picture to the right for the shim added.

For the next weekend, the plan is finish off blocking, add an access hole to a section of the deck and start the 2″ x 6″ Western Red Cedar deck boards.


If you’re looking for more recent updates, check out the Facebook page. I normally post stuff there first before the website or YouTube:

Music Credit: Bayou_State_of_Mind, by Jingle Punks

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The Epic DIY Deck Project- Part 3B- More Joists & Minor Fix

14 Jul , 2014  

IMG_5581 Just got back from a weekend of working on the deck. Thought I would give a short update.
The plan for this weekend was to get a bit further with the 2″ x 8″ joists. (The joists is what the deck boards sit on)

The first step was to buy the (15) 2″ x 8″ x 12′ lumber and then transport the lumber to our remote cabin in the mountains. These are times I wish I had a pickup truck. But, I don’t. So, with all the seats down and ratchet binders handy, I managed to load the boards into the car and get most of the weight over the middle of the vehicle. Once the tailgate was secure, there wasn’t any noticeable drag and the car did well. The drive up the mountain passes went OK and the journey took about 4 hours.

Once we arrived to the remote cabin, my 9-year-old son lent a IMG_5578 hand unloading and help measure 130 inches from the end of the 2″ x 8″ boards. The leftover material will be used as blocking in-between the joists.

Next, the mitre saw, compressor, nails and generator had to be relocated. After a few trips getting supplies stored under the cabin, I noticed it was difficult to carry stuff when your posture is crouched over. Sooner or later, I would smash my head on a board. It took a few extra minutes, but once everything was in place, the generator was fired up and we started to cut boards and get an assembly line going. After slinging, measure and cut 10 boards, it was time to stop for lunch.
After carbs and coffee, I started to attach the 2″ x 8″ joists to the ledger board. Noticed that the end boards were not touching as closely as they should. The joists hangers would carry the load, but it was still a concern. After studying the ledger board, it looked like it need more support behind the board. That would vertically level out the board. I figured it would take me at least 40 minutes to get everything trimmed out with wedges and 1/2″ x 4″ lag screws. But, there was only a few hours of the day left and so much to do. So, I switched gears and worked on the 2″ x 10″ support beam, notched posts and dig the hole for the support post. The plan was to get the beam ready, secure the post a few inches overtop of the hole, pour the concrete and let it set overnight.

IMG_5580 The process was going well until a neighbour popped over to see what was going on. We started chatting about the deck designs, powers tools and end up sitting around a fire with a few beers. Didn’t get anymore work finished, but it was time to relax.
The next day, my son helped me mix the cement and we got the footing in place. While it set, I went back to the ledger board added a wedge and lagged it with 16 galvanized lag bolts. I pre-drilled the holes, but it still took some elbow grease to secure the lags. After the ledger board was secure, the joist board were re-attached and the gaps were gone.
I’m heading up the following weekend again with more materials and will hopefully get the joists all installed.


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The Epic DIY Deck Project- Part 1- Planning and Digging Holes

21 Oct , 2013  

IMG_5012 The Epic DIY Deck Project was the process of building a huge 10 foot wide by 32 foot long deck by one person.
It was for our cabin (aka Cedar Workshop Test facility) in the boonies.

Since funds were low, and the place is way off the beaten path, a contractor could not be brought for this project. Hopefully, I can get it started and one of my neighbours will lend a hand for case a beer or homemade, strawberry Rhubarb pie. Read more here…

Music credit: Strange Days by YouTube Creator

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