The following video will hopefully show people how to find deals on lumber and hardware for big projects. It doesn’t hurt to hunt around the local lumber yards and find materials that at first might look bad, but after some elbow grease, can be new again.
The lumber used for this deck project is Western Red Cedar. I like it because it’s naturally resistant to bugs and rot, but, it cost quite a bit more than pressure treated. It’s high in demand and hard to find for a good price. Three years ago, I purchased it at 50 cents a lineal foot, now the average price is $1.70. Wow! That hurts the budget.
The next door neighbours 20-year-old floating dock was about to be sunk and donated to the fish, when I intervened and negotiated ownership for a 12 pack of beers. It’s an antique jewel, 4 feet wide by 32 feet long. Composed of three 12 inch in diameter Pine logs that were cut 32 feet long. The earlier builder inserted 5 gallon water jugs in-between the logs to increase flotation. The top boards were a real 2 inches thick and ranged in widths.
The big bonus, it felt like a mini island, gained 4 hours of sun tanning and increased the distance for cannonballs into the lake.
When I was trying to show my son that the old man was no slouch at making the biggest splash, one of the old boards came loose. Did not cut my foot, but it was a real wake up call. Decided to move the re-decking of the old dock to the top of the list.
I had a bunch of 2″ x 6″ x 20′ Western Red Cedar boards left over from the deck project. Western Red Cedar is durable, lightweight and quite buoyant. Put down 3 boards like tracks and screwed them into the old deck boards. The longest screws on hand were 4″ long and designed meant for roofing. But, they were galvanized and handy. The hammer drill made short work of screwing into the old timbers. Next, 5/4″ x 4″ x 12′ boards were cut 3 times to make 4′ long deck boards. These were placed horizontally across the dock with 1″ spacing (the same thickness as the deck board). Used 3″ galvanized deck screws. The ends of the boards were beveled and sanded.