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 Posted: Sat Nov 19th, 2016 02:06 am
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So when we decided to put up a new exterior, we figured it was time to put up a new deck since the old one was falling apart and pulling away from the house. The exterior is about 85% done, but as typical with contractors the fascia and trim they need to finish the remain portion is on back order 1.5 weeks and with teh holiday next week probably won't get delivered here till the week of Nov 28th. I"ll post photos of that when it's finished, most likely the 1st week of December. So this is my progress so far in building my first deck. I have a friend who's a general contractor so he's the lead. We tore down the old deck on Monday and set the foundation for the 3 support beams. Started the actual building yesterday and continued today until the weather got to shit. I have to work the next 2 days so he'll continue with it a bit, but most likely we finish up on Monday since all that's left is filling in the rails and building a simple 3 step staircase. He's going to set a small slab for the bottom of the steps tomorrow and let it set over the weekend. I'll add the final shots when we're done next week.














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Just had an old deck removed, new deck installed last month. Went with the composite material with lighting in the caps. It looks great. I did zero work on it myself except for writing the checks and negotiating the various licenses and inspections with the township.

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Normally I'd do the same, but since I'm doing this weekend work program for a year, and have off Mon-Fri, I figured two of us could do this over a two week stretch as long as the weather agreed, and so far we've been pretty lucky as it's been in the 50's and 60's. Plus since I'm already paying for the exterior this was a good way to save a few thousand.

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That's awesome!

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 Posted: Sat Nov 19th, 2016 04:25 am
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Cool, I'm going to put a deck on a house I just bought, but I'm going to need to wait till next spring due to weather concerns here in upstate NY. I've never done one before, either, but what the hell?

Do you know how old the previous deck was, Raditch?



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Old deck was 22 years old, house was built in 1994. Part of the problem was that as you can see, the backyard is built on a hill. Well the original builders never put concrete foundation like we've done here, and the deck was never bolted to the house. So over time, it started to pull away from the house and the support beams all began to crack. Plus it wasn't pressure treated wood. I suspect this one should last longer. We debated about going bigger, and extending it more to the right to basically go along side all the windows and end up at the far right edge of the house. But realized there would be a lot more logistical problems in stabilizing it. Plus we don't use it a ton, so I didn't want to make a bigger project out of it if we didn't have to.

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It looks great. If I keep my house and don't sell in the next  year, I'm due for a replacement myself.

One thing I learned from my deck and having to reinforce it-mine also was secured to the house, but what really secured it was putting a new support beam closer to the house.



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Finished up this morning. Weather didn't want to cooperate today, first time it's rained in about 3 weeks, but for the most part aside from some cleanup I'm finished. I'll wait till the spring to stain it.







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Looks awesome.

Ignorant question, but are those doors or just windows off of the deck?

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Looks really good.

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How much did the materials cost?  Yours looks about the same size as mine, although mine is quite a bit higher off the ground.  I'm going to have to replace it within the next few years, even though that project is going to be put off as long as possible.

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srossi wrote: How much did the materials cost?  Yours looks about the same size as mine, although mine is quite a bit higher off the ground.  I'm going to have to replace it within the next few years, even though that project is going to be put off as long as possible.If I was going to redo my deck and was keeping the house for the long-haul, I'd consider synthetic decking material for longevity.



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DaNkinator wrote: Looks awesome.

Ignorant question, but are those doors or just windows off of the deck?

Those are kitchen windows. The 5 windows to the right of the deck are the living room. We had those replaced 2 years ago.

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srossi wrote: How much did the materials cost?  Yours looks about the same size as mine, although mine is quite a bit higher off the ground.  I'm going to have to replace it within the next few years, even though that project is going to be put off as long as possible.

Total Material Cost was right around $2200. I paid my friend 1k for his labor which is what he said he do it for. He probably worked @ 35 - 40 hrs, so @ $25/hr for the labor. We went with Pressure treated Yellawood. If we'd done composite materials it would have been much more. I figure the last deck lasted @ 22 plus years, and this is better wood than the prior one...So I'm thinking we should get at least 20 years out of this.

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Who's been bad and has to sleep on that mattress at the bottom of the steps?



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