Buildings and Renovations

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

17 Jul , 2014  

DSC00080On 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_hileIt 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.

DSC00086The 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.


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Music Credit: Bayou_State_of_Mind, by Jingle Punks

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