Day 20: Well I thought we would get a lot more done today then we did but with every board we put up we had to fine tune our posts to be square.
We did a lot of cutting before we left our rental house so we could use the electricity. We did finish putting up the siding but we still have some bracing to do before our next step. Putting the 8′ posts horizontally above the opening proved to be a pain but we got them up.
Day 21: All I did today was go up & down the ladder. Up the ladder, down the ladder, move the ladder repeat. Seriously.
I also got all the lumber for my floor and deck joists delivered. I thought I would be able to start putting them up today but nope – more fine tuning,.
Day 22: I don’t have any pictures because today I worked solo. I had to trim the posts even with all the prep work we did.
Measure twice, cut once is a falacy ha! I can’t get the borrowed generator to start for the life of me. It dawned on me (finally) that I could use the chainsaw to cut the posts. I was a little apprehensive since I was cutting 14′ in the air standing on a balance beam and I had no one to drive me to the hospital if need be. But I took every precaution I could think of and it worked great.
I also rocked the pathway quite a bit more. Every time I had to get something from the truck I filled the wheelbarrow and on the way back emptied the rocks on the trail.
Day 23: They say necessity is the mother of invention and today that was very true for us. We had to figure out a way to lift huge 4x12x16′s into place 14′ in the air. We ended up using a wench or come along to do the heavy lifting. Like always it wasn’t pretty but it did the job. We got the perimeter done now I have one beam left in the center.
Day 24: As we do nearly everyday we started with a Home Depot run to get a few things for the day. My neighbor, having checked our progress last night and seeing that we got the headers up said “I gotta see this!” Because he couldn’t fathom how we did it.
We were able to get our 6 floor braces which are 4x8x12′s into place. We still have 4 diagonal corners to put up and 15 others like it for the rest of the wrap around deck. That’s a lot of wenching to do – makes me tired just thinking about it.