Hi everyone. Hope all you dads had a great Father's Day. Ken and I had our very own Sawdust Saturday. We got to work on the railing for our deck that we had wanted to do last year, but just wasn't meant to be.
We got the 4 x 4's and Ken bought those post braces at Menard's. I, however, was leery of them. All of our other decks always had the posts all the way to the ground; built into the frame. Once they were put on, however, my mind was eased; once the braces were put on, the posts proved to be very stable. To be truthful, even alone, they were a lot sturdier than I had expected.
Any, so Ken measures and cuts the braces, then I cut the spindles, and mitered the one end. (We bought the ones that are mitered at one end, rather than both because we knew we were going to have to cut them, so I can do the mitering as well, right?)
These pictures are the progress so far.
I had gotten solar post lights a year or so ago on clearance at Meijer. Those were mounted to the four corners of the "island" I'll call it, and looks amazing at night. However, Ken has now cut me off from any more solar lighting... I have them along the front of the house (in the garden), along the fence posts of the privacy fence we rebuilt over Memorial weekend, and finished later in the week, and a few in the bushes that are along the deck. To be honest, those along the deck were only bought because I thought I busted a stake in one of the lights in the front yard, so I bought another light for the stake. Well, come to find out, I only broke the tip (it was dark, when I did it, and I was trying not to let Ken find out...
he had told me not to try and move the light, and me, being me, did it anyway, and, well.....)Anyway, so I didn't break it as bad as I had thought, so what was I gonna do with this light? It's really quite cute..... so it (and three others that Ken caved in and got me at Menards the next time we went) were placed in the bushes where Ken is standing, putting on the spindles
So I have (I guess) plenty of lights. Ken says if I put in any more lights, the planes going to the airport a few miles away are going to mistake us for the runway. Needless to say, no more lights for Barb.
That's okay, though. Really don't need any more.
The deck project, however, has been placed on hold, since it was confirmed last week that we have to get a new motor for my Ford. The motor will cost $2400, and the labor will be $2000. I have the money for the motor, but the labor? Well, that is either going to have to be a weekly pymt to the shop (if he'll let me,) or find a way to get a loan. Either way, the last $100 of the project will have to wait.