Hey there friends, just got a little poke in the rear from an e-mail saying UPDATE YOUR BLOG and then realized I’ve been a little lax about keeping up with my writings on Quadomated and Caleb the super dog. Seems I have a bit of a one track mind (been that way my whole life) where I get myself immersed into a project and sometimes don’t stumble my way out until somebody smacks me in the head or I get it finished. What’s the project this time? Teaching myself an open source website content management system called Drupal that I’m hoping will make my life much easier on a number of projects I’m working on/administering. Then there was the whole string of beautiful days and losing myself to a really good book somewhere along the way. Never been much of a leisure/pleasure reader, but downloaded “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” to my Kindle and couldn’t put it down.
Okay… So now I’m posting pictures and writing up about things that happened almost 2 weeks ago, but they’re pretty freaking fantastic so I might as well make the post now, and then show you how much the grass can grew (with lots of rain) in two weeks time.
The deck building started Friday, June 3 midmorning with John from the earthworks crew cutting the diagonal edge into the pavement for where it would meet the deck and the Michaud boys figuring out the pressure-treated lumber they’d need to install our Trex composite decking over. Sorry… no pictures of this point… I was camera shy for some reason.
The framing of the deck was built using 2″ x 8″ pressure-treated lumber place directly on 4″ x 8″ x 16″ concrete blocks that were dug into the ground. We decided with all the extensive groundwork, and high drainage washed stone place underneath the deck area that we’d build the deck detached from the house directly on the ground and count on the good draining soil to keep things from moving up and down in the winter. Just in case some water does freeze and decide to make the deck move we gapped it 1/2 inch from the walls of the house. Golly Gee… Some pictures really would help to show you what I mean. Enough of this writing without pictures!
Between Monday and Tuesday of that week the Earthworks guys were hitting our Earth hard, sometimes with three pieces of equipment running at once.
You all should have seen this thing work. They’d drive this skid steer in reverse pulling this thing as it rotated round and round throwing all the rocks back into the bucket and leaving a nicely tilled, rock free surface.
And then the camera for some reason went into hibernation during the point where they raked the yard, rolled it with a gigantic concrete filled drum, seeded it, and then covered it with hay.
Jeepers I really need to do a better job taking photos!
That’s it for now… Oh yeah, and thanks everyone, my previous post must have worked because I now only get scared out of my wheelchair once or twice a day 🙂