Hiya Guys Gals (I know there are 1-2 of you females out there),
Summer is here in full effect and we are ready to get rolling on our big summer project:
We are attempting to add a deck onto our house this summer.
We started out in May (the five days it didn't rain) by preparing the ground/landscaping around the house: moving trees/bushes/shrubs, building a new garden, pulling out some old hostas, etc. Now that the area along the house and yard have been landscaped for the deck, it's time to actually start building the dang thing, and the more I learn about it, the more daunting a task it is appearing to be.
I've got my plans (thanks Home Depot!) and building permit in hand, and the raw materials will be delivered this weekend. We've also rented up some power equipment this weekend to help us dig the 42" deep holes in my yard this weekend...
Anyone got some helpful tips for digging post holes?
Anyone out there in JD land ever built a deck before?
Any helpful tips that you can offer up to a Novice Deck Craftsman such as myself? (sarcastic "don't nail your hand to the deck" comments are not needed, but fully expected from you turkeys)
I realize that we're all SW dorks, therefore the stereotype indicates that we aren't exactly outdoor-builder type craftsman, but I don't believe in stereotypes, so I'd like to think that SOMEONE else has gone through this before...