The largest Demolition I have had the privilege of doing is in progress. The entire process is being managed by my granddaughter Rosie and directed by grandson Roscoe. As you will see in my videos, (soon to be posted) they’re very helpful in managing the project from designing to safety and everything in between. It’s the reason we put the Shed project on hold for now.
It was an 80-degree turn from the Shed project to the Deck demolition. Both projects must be completed by this summer so with a lot of debates and lots of thoughts we decided it’s better to disassemble the deck so that we can reuse what we can salvage from the woods and nails.
It’s probably my island instinct telling me to Restore, Reuse, or Recycle. Or it may be that I live in a very green state. We have lots of trees here but we love them so much that conserving and preserving them is a must. It’s a reason we are called the “TREE HUGGERS.”
As of the end of day 1, we’ve probably had more nails and woods that we can use. We probably going to reuse some on the deck itself. Lots of these woods are pre-treated so they’re still very good to use.
At the end of the day1, we took off the rails, the deck boards, the stair and part of the front bracket. We’ve exposed the deck frame so this is good enough for now. We had to plan on what changes if any we can do to the shape of the deck.
The one we demolished down to its frame is a 10×20 (or so claimed), a boring rectangle deck. I think we will do some tweaking to make it a little interesting. But to do that, there are extra things we need to do to continue with our remodeling.
Before boring you to death with what we must do, here are a few things I found out about this deck. The boards were pre-treated cheap 2x4s. The deck is anchored to the house and being held up on one side with a few large screws and there are zero gaps between the frame and the house panels. The railings were nailed in weirdly sometimes with 4 nails. It doesn’t make sense at all.
You can use the pre-treated cheap 2x4s as deck boards but I do not recommend it unless you want to cover it with paint and deal with all the paint chips down the road. I guess if you want to do a lousy job and want to sell your house and save a few bucks, that’s ok. For my deck, I would be using the more expensive cedar boards.
Cedar, you might ask? Why not the man-made composites? Well, let’s just say I have my own reasons. Remember these 3 Rs as we ride along here, Restore, Reuse, Recycle.
My deck at its highest point is less than 25 inches so I assume it’s probably the reason it passed inspection if they did one but using screws to hold one side up is a very bad thing. Imagine the screws supporting the weight of the deck boards and people? I can just imagine the screws rotting away causing one side of the deck to fall. It was a very bad job and it’s a good thing I am remodeling it to fix a possible mishap in the future.
As far as the railings go, I would only use a maximum of three nails on the bottom part and 3 nails to the top. I found some of them were not nailed to the frames. It was a lousy job indeed.
What am I planning to do? Well, the very first thing I would do now after demolition is to get a permit. In my city, you need permits if the deck is over 200 square feet or any part of it is 30 inches or more higher than the ground. In my case, the only reason I may need a permit is that I am changing the deck frame to allow for my designing features. When remodeling a pre-existing deck, as long as you leave the frames in place, you do not need a permit.
But like everything in life, when in doubt ask. That is exactly what I am going to do this morning is to head over to my city hall and find out if I do need a permit. I will update you on that after I visit the city hall so stay tuned.
This is a great on the job, on the go kind of experience. The only background I have in construction was seeing my dad working on our house on my island of Ifalik. He’s such a workhorse that inspired me to do things on my own. The only thing I needed is my very own place. Now that I have it, I am putting everything he taught me and inspired me to do into it. I missed him even more while working alone with my youngest son on this specific project. It would be nice to have him sit in my backyard showing me things that I may miss. But I know God has his plans so I must just do it as it goes.
Another experience and an inspiration was seeing my dad working as a representative of our island to some community projects at our high school on the beautiful island of Ulithi. I remembered him talking to me about his experiences on those projects. I can hear the pride in him talking about finishing certain parts of that project.
It reminds me that the reason I am blogging about my projects is to hopefully inspire you, my readers, to do DIY projects of your own. It’s fun and healthy.
Kidding you not, I lost 5 lbs since I began on my projects. I know, it’s not a lot but it’s something. It’s a good start! And my Samsung Health kept sending me Congratulatory messages about me exceeding my step goals. So DIYs are for health reasons too. It’s a weight control and it takes away the stresses of the day. The only thing I am worried about is to complete certain parts of my project.
So stop sitting on your couch and get out to do something for yourself. Until next time, take care.