Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Deck Addition

Monday was a nice day.  Very peaceful, as you can see from the pic of Olivia sleeping on the dog sofa.  I wish I could sleep like that.

We decided that it was time to finish the deck.  We built a 10 x 10 deck for our 10 x 10 screen house this summer, and had enough lumber to add a 5 x 10 addition.  With the Indian Summer we've been having for the past few days, we finally found the incentive to do it.

I did the measuring, cutting, and drilling of clearance holes for the decking nails.  Pamela did the hammering.

The 1 x 6 x 10 decking we ordered turned out to be 1 x 6 x 12 (or so).  so I got out my square, drew a line, ran an extension cord from the circular saw to the generator, and... the generator wouldn't start.  Dead battery.  I hooked  up a solar panel to it but it was very cloudy and late in the afternoon and I couldn't get a charge on the battery.  Maybe I can finish this today.

But we could still stick the barbecue up there.  I also moved the battery and controller for the solar panels on the deck.  I dunno.  Just to get them off the ground, I guess.

After three victory beers while waiting for the generator's battery to charge, I decided it was time to go.  I had the two pitbulls, Chevy and Ruby, but no Olivia the German Shorthaired Pointer.  After some searching, I found her pointing at this.  

Its a bee hive made in a knot hole of a tree, with honey oozing out of it.  Some critter, probably a bear, tried to get at it.  Whatever it was (Bigfoot?) it left a scent that Olivia was fixated on.

I had to drag her out of there.  I'll put the game camera on that tree today.  Whatever it was might come back for more.


  1. I don't see any mention of a Level being use on the Deck-- Is there such a thing in bleaker??

    1. Yep. A level AND a square. It actually came out pretty nice, if I do say so myself. I spent today putting a stone "foundation" around it to keep small critters from crawling under it. Like skunks.