It’s spring time and that means it’s finally time to work on our deck again! I am so excited. I can already picture us lounging outside and barbecuing for dinner. (Confession: We actually bought a new barbecue in anticipation of the deck being done. It’s sitting in out front yard until the deck is complete.)
We poured our footers in early December. Now that everything has thawed, we ordered all the materials and had it delivered to our home.
We used the Lowes Deck Designer Program on the Lowes website. It was nice because it estimated how much everything would cost us and then gave us a parts list to print and take to the store. (There are a few items we found we were short on, but the program still gave us a good starting point.)
One problem we found with the online estimate is that it assumes your footings only go a foot into the ground. Our local code require four feet to get below the frost line. This meant A LOT more concrete and added a few hundred dollars to the estimate.
Now that the materials have been delivered, we are moving forward. We spent all day Saturday installing the ledger. Originally we thought it would take just a couple of hours to install, but the requirements for all the flashing and my hubby’s affinity for going the extra mile and over building meant we were outside from 9 am until 7 pm.
Flashing included several layers: tar paper, metal flashing, and more tar paper. The house wrap then slightly covers the tar paper.
We employed child labor in drilling holes in the ledger for the lag bolts.
It was a lot of fun for our daughter, but having her help slowed things down quite a bit.
We also managed to put the post anchors into the footers and install the cleats for the hangers.
At this point, we are at a standstill until the town inspects the ledger. They are scheduled to come out tomorrow and if all goes well, we move forward with installing posts and hangers this week.
Our dream is to have the deck done by Memorial Day weekend. We will really have to push to get it done by then.