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A Summer Project: Part Two

When we finished framing the porch we took a break…a two week break.  My dad is seventy-four years old and insists on working.  He has every other Saturday off so the work continued two weeks later.  I took some time off from my job and we focused on getting the porch done.

The project’s next part involved adding the composite decking.  The composite deck material, from Menards, reportedly has better durability and longer life than treated wood or just plain wood decking material.  Ease of use also factored into using composite materials because this decking material clamped down with screws and fasteners provided in the composite deck kit.

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The clips catch the board’s edges and each subsequent board then helps hold the previous board in place.

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With the deck planks all in place the easiest part of this project was next – sliding the post sleeves over the 4x4s.

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The tools used on this project included battery powered drills, electric drill, a saws-all, skill-saw, jig-saw, overhead power rip saw, table saw, a cut-off saw, saw horses, hammers, tape measures, and a level.

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Putting everything away took nearly as much time as the actual work.  This is how the project looked at the end of day two.

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to be continued…

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