Added a deck to the guest house for construction stuff, up from 8x20
to 16x20. Leveling was a time consumer, I underestimated, it's needs
a 3/4" / 8' slope away from the house that needs to look straight
compared to the original which has that slope.
Working on a retractable roof for the deck.
Code is the lowest acceptable construction, not the highest. You are
also no longer utilizing the Southern Building Code as you are in an
area where it freezes. Time to learn new tricks, old dog!
Deck boards cup and there should always be enough slope to promote
drainage, either between the boards or down slope the long way. The
boards will dry out faster with better drainage, which helps minimize
fungal and algal growth, and also helps with minimizing icing.
The only plan I have designed here in the great white north is for my
Almost everything else has been in the Southern Building Code of
Thanks for the explanation and I don't disagree.
I've built a few thousand square feet of deck in the past few years
and have observed much more.
It is the rare 5/4 that does NOT have a camber, or direction to the
growth rings, apparent on the end grain.
The high point of the curve should always face up and cupping will
rarely occur especially if you drill and screw 3 screws in each end
and 2 at each intermediate joist.
Yeah, it takes longer but is well worth the effort.
Behr waterseal is mandatory every 3 years for algacide prevention and
keeping the wood from drying out, plus water almost leaps right off of
it as soon as it hits it.
As far as icing goes, slope will do nothing positive for it. The only
semi successful way I have found to deal with it is dense salt water
sprayed from a room temperature insecticide sprayer.
Coming down the heavily iced over rear steps 5 years ago with an
aggressive dog leash in each hand showed me 2 young dawgs can teach an
old dawg a new trick.
Feet in the air, the angled railing against my ribcage at 50 mph
taught me that I need to pay more attention and not let the ice build
up like that. Still hurts sometimes.
That seems a bit light, Ken. Such wheels have very small contact
areas and a wheel can punch through even if the overall #/SF is well
within ratings. If you used something like CDX plywood there are
voids which seriously decrease localized load capacity.
1/2" plywood for a floor is almost never acceptable for human
Even if the joists are at 12" o/c both ways the deflection will be
If you're talking OSB and not plywood it's even worse.
5/8" tongue and groove was needed in Muskoka (Offtario) cuz snow
load was a factor, especially that which may be slid off the roof
onto the deck, but it's unnecessary in our case in BC, 1/2" is fine,
as our experience proves.
It's also subjective, I find concrete too hard and fast, while our
deck is nicer for walking and dancing on.
(I get my high heels stuck in between deck boards ;-), so
I had to go solid).
We have a fair idea of load restrictions, just as highways have,
but a work around is to park heavier loads on/near supporting
We also like indoor/outdoor carpeting, so we pretty much needed a
solid sloped floor.
I also find slatted decks rot faster, as they collect debris between
them where they are supported.
Oh yeah, I have a new tool cabinet, 1st pic...
I use mechanical sliders for the drawer slides, the pkg they come in
claims they're good for 50# each, which is the weight of a cement block,
meaning my unit would max out at 250# on 4 casters, but the casters are
rated only 50#'s!
BTW those mechanical sliders need 1/16" tolerance max otherwise they
run rough, so be careful about your cutting.
Well back in the day when the giants ruled the earth and the consumers
were massively consuming they spent very little time in their borrowed
They were used as a base of operations, a place to store all their
plastic chinese trinketry.
The rest of the time they spent on their jobs, hauling their brats all
over creation and hanging out at the watering holes and wandering the
malls collecting more stuff and of course lined up at the grub joints
for their thrice+ daily fueling of HFCS.
Yes, borrowed. No one owns anything anymore.
There was a time when debt was considered scandalous but human nature
devolved to where massive debt was a badge of status and now is an
For 5 years now I have owned nothing, have everything and owe nothing
and expect to remain this way til I offload.
I expect a whole lot of demolition to occur in the next decade.
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