So, after the railing came down, we tried our hand at ripping up the deck boards with a crowbar. It did not work. At all.
So, it was time to take out the circular saw to cut through the boards - making them smaller pieces to pull up.
It did not work. At all. My cheap little circular saw was not cutting through the boards. So, off to Frager's Rental to get a better one.
Ah, much better. Though, I wouldn't say this worked like a charm. Oh, and you can also potentially sever your limbs with it. You can to GENTLY lower the saw into the wood before you start cutting - if you move a hair too fast, that saw will bounce back at you . . . and your feet.
Also, I was dumb and made too many cuts at once. Basically, we just wanted to get that scary part done ASAP, but it leaves the deck really unstable to walk on after. So, don't do what I did. Just make two at a time so you can rip up the boards as need be.
At the end of Day 1, this is how far we got. Did I mention it was also about 110 degrees that day? Yeah, I would recommend to renovated decks in the spring or fall. The work is really labor intensive and having the sun on you doesn't make it any easier.
We slept like rocks that night though. . .