6:30 am - My alarm sounds and I begrudgingly open an eye. We have to be at Home Depot at 7am to return the wood we have on "will call", rent a truck, pick out new boards, and bring them home.
7:00 am - We grab a cart for the wood (this in itself seems to be a feat to track down this morning) and head to the decking section to get the 2"x8"x16' pressure treated boards. As it turns out they are stacked up higher than I can reach. I ask a (very helpful!) employee to help Dan while I head to the service counter to return the wood on "will call" and rent the truck.
8:00 am - We start loading the 16' boards on the truck. This is way more work than it looks. It takes us 30 min to get them in there and the door closed. On a scale of 1-10, my crankiness is at a 5 now.
8:30 am - I get the keys to the truck. When I get back outside Dan has an odd (yet gleeful) look on his face.
Dan: I have something to show you?
Me: Um, what?
Dan: Come here . . .
We start walking over to the pallet of concrete blocks as he points between them. I crouch down to see this:
Do you see that little kitten face? We tried to catch it for awhile, but it was too hard to get to.
9:00 am: We head to the house to drop off the boards.
9:45 am: Back at HD to get the other boards we need to the railings etc. When you're at home making the list, 30 - 1"x6"x8', 12 - 2"x4"x12', 32 ballusters, and 6 - 4"x4"x10' boards don't seem like much. But, when you start loading them up . . . you realize how much that is.
By the time it took to load the wood, drive to the house, and unload the wood - it was close to 11am. We hadn't even done anything yet.
While the main structure of our deck is perfectly fine, the twenty year old floor boards and rickety railings had to go. I've been talking about this project for awhile. Years. We tackled the fence and stairs in 2008. Three years later it's time to do the deck boards.
Here are some before pictures:
You can see from that last picture that the railing was incredibly sturdy. Moving the grill was a piece of cake. I wheeled it inside and it took about 45 seconds - it was a one (wo)man job.
On Friday night we picked up our zipcar to head to Home Depot to get the boards for the deck. We spent about 30 minutes picking out the boards and loading them up before realizing there was no way we would be able to tie them onto the roof of our rental SUV as expected. So we pushed them up to the service counter to get some insight to what our options were. It turned out renting a Home Depot pick-up was the best route for us. So, we left the wood at "will call" and vowed to return at 7am the next morning to pick it up.
While we were picking out the deck boards Dan had questioned the thickness (they were 5/4). I insisted they were the right size. Until we got home and realized the boards we had on the deck were 2" (really 1.5") boards and I had to eat crow. Which meant all the wood we had laboriously picked out (and was waiting for us) was wrong.
So, wrong wood, wrong car. Not a good way to start a project. At this point, I started to think we were over our heads.
This weekend we are hoping to finally re-do the deck, which entails ripping up and replacing the floor boards and building new railings. The one thing I am dreading is carrying our huge 160 lb. grill down the stairs - though I suppose we may be able to wheel it inside the house for the day. But, it will be worth it once I get to smash all the gross and broken deck railings off.
After another weekend of painting, we finally finished the living room, stairway and upstairs hall. We have never been so thankful for the ladder we bought a few months ago!
With the heat wave we are enduring (weather.com tells me it "feels like" 104 degrees right now), I can't imagine getting to all the outdoor projects we have on the list. But, the weekend looks great and I'm hopefully we get to tackle the deck!
Alright, so Benny is not my real name. It's my nickname. In fact...I am a lady (by gender, not necessarily by attitude). But, it is fun, and makes me feel "tougher" when talking about painting and tiling and smashing things.
I didn't give it to myself. It is a childhood nickname which came from Benjamin Bunny (the cousin of Peter Rabbit).
In fact, Benny is a common nickname for Bernadette. Ever see Circle of Friends with Minnie Driver? Yup, her name was Benny in that.
Anyway. . .
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