After getting another few rows of boards up, guess what happened?
Yep, it rained. Again. For a few days.
And then we waited a few days for the sun to come out, and got another few rows of decking boards put up .. and then guess what happened?
Remember we are Alaskans ... and don't laugh when I tell you the Ram and I got heat stroke from working out on the deck. I know, remind me in a few months of this, will you?
So then we started working on a few boards in the morning before the sun hit the deck, and in the evening when the sun passed.
That took forever, because we would have to set all the tools up, just to get a few boards down, and then put all the tools away.
And then guess what happened????
Yes, we ran out of boards!
And we live 100 miles from the decking board store.
We are officially the worst deckers ever.
So then we had to wait until we made a trip up to the big city with the truck to grab a few more boards.
By now, it's August.
And we finally got the boards.
But then guess what happened?
Why, just a giant wildfire within miles of family property. So the Ram took a week off to fight fire ... and then of course, we couldn't work on the deck because of terrible smoke outdoors.
Try explaining all this to your Mom. By now, she's wondering if the last bit of exposed boards might just make a nice recessed flower pot.
And here we are, finally at the very last board, this last week.
Remember we let the end boards run long? We did this so we could cut them all off at the same time to the same length. We used a string line to mark the boards.
And the Ram cut the ends off with a circular saw.
I can hardly believe this project is done!
Well, we still got to go back and add fascia trim around the deck, then railing and stairs ... but at least for now, we can say, the decking is done.
Have you ever had a project like this? One that should only take a few days, but ends up taking a whole summer?