Yeah! I have all of the decking, beams and joists down! Now I have at least one more trip to the recycle station.
- Decking all removed.
- With the deck gone, ladder required to use this door!
You can see that the deck was actually a ramp from the house to the back yard, which is significantly higher in elevation than the front yard. I’m finding this job very rewarding, especially since I did manage to get all of the deck down without injury to myself! I was kind of concerned that I might break a leg or fall on a rusty nail (yes, I do have my tetnus shots up to date).
I was very careful, especially toward the last part of the deck removal, as it turned out to be the most rotten.
I think I talked about this in a previous blog, but it was pretty hairy, feeling the deck bounce a little as I walked on it. When I got off the deck and worked from the ground and a ladder, cutting through the rotten joists with a sawzall, the joists in this area literally fell apart before the saw cut through them.
Pretty scary when you consider I was walking on this stuff. I knew it was really ready to be removed, but figured that since everything was nailed and screwed together it would all have to fall before any portion of it collapsed. I guess I was right, in any case, it held together until I went at it with my saw!
More to come soon on building the new decks!