Progress. It's almost time for decking. Wow.
All the outer ledger boards needed to go on this week. Let me tell you what, that circle was "fun". Hubby and I tried it ourselves one night but I was out on the ladder holding a board over my head and we couldn't even get a nail in. I can't hold a board over my head for that long, crazy man! So, we quit for the night and recruited Caleb the following evening.
Some other interesting "helps" he's come up with. Gotta be a little inventive when your only helper is me.
This is how he cut the joists off in order to form the circle. He has a board screwed into the center of the circle that measures the diameter and rounds the circle to mark the joists to cut for a perfectly rounded circle.
See that small piece of 2x4 sticking out. There were two of them across the width of that long front ledger board. The two of us put that up. I'm still shocked. I helped him lift the board up onto those two supports while he screwed it into the ends of the joists. If it needed to come down a little for level we could twist the board out from under it and then put it back quickly. Amazing how well that worked.
One of the joists was pretty wonky and needed more serious help so we wedged a long piece of 2x4 underneath that went to the ground and used a hammer to wedge it in as far as we needed to level it off so it could be nailed in.
And looky here, that's the decking. Cannot wait to start putting it on. It's all coming together.
If you're interested in following our deck project you can find all the links here: http://thechirpingfrog.blogspot.com/2015/03/our-first-project-of-season-2015.html
I will keep it updated as work continues.