May 24, 2007 by Marj Hatzell
But I will write them anyway.
Can I tell y’all how awesome it is to be rid of the Hill Billy Porch? Our slider currently opens to a dirt pile that is about three feet off the ground. Poor ShadRoe has to jump in and out to do her business, but since she should be on the canine version of Jenny Craig that’s okay.
Deck After (or should I say DURING, since I want something to replace it eventually?)
Isn’t it PURTY?
I’ve got a thing or two to say to the previous owners. First of all, there were NO FOOTERS for this deck. That means that when you put the main support posts in for the deck, it should be sitting on some sort of solid surface. And the dirt underneath should be leveled. Nope, not this deck. It was sitting on uneven piles of dirt and rocks (large rocks) and it looks like they just threw stuff under there to hide it while they built the deck. There were only two posts supporting all the weight. They did have a backer board (which we cannot remove, it is stuck) but that is the only thing they did right. No wonder we have a three foot sinkhole! The gutter was pointed UNDER the deck! The used cheesy nails so they were popping up all over the place. The whole thing was slanting down towards the steps about ten degrees, one side was worse than the other. And the lack of maintenance from the past twenty years gave poor Bugaboo splinters the size of toothpicks. It’s no wonder the whole town called them the Rednecks of R-town. Don’t get me started about what they did to the garage or yard.
The question is, what the blazes do we replace it with? I’d like to have steps come out from the door and have a LOW level patio, since Bugaboo is prone to jumping off of the railing (which is seven feet in the air). He always lands on his feet (so far). The kid is like a cat… I also want the newer prefab boards (the ones that don’t ever splinter and won’t warp and last longer) but Darling is being super cheap. You know, because spending an extra $500 on our deck when we’ve already spent $25,000 on our home improvement projects is going to make a HUGE difference…