First, A recognition of Independence Day. I go out on the deck and read The Declaration Of Independence out loud each year on this day. It is a stirring document. Last night, I saw someone on a political talk show who said the claim is at the end and the justification is before, so read it backwards that way. I get the idea, statement at the end and justification before.
So I did. I have to admit, I thought about it a little differently.
And to my/our British friends, I hope there are no hard feelings. We got off to a rocky start, but I think it has worked out pretty well over the past couple centuries. My revolutionist ancestors would not have tipped their hats to you, but I can and do.
But we DO have our holiday and I will support it with a steak on the Japanese hibachi grill, a cold Canadian beer (or 3), a few Southeast Asian shrimp, and a German sausage. What could be more "American" than that? LOL!
Now to the deck. Finally, the end! Well, sort of. On Monday, some guys will be coming back to take away all the debris, fill the patio holes with more cement and apply a professionally smooth surface to match the existing patio as close as possible, and smooth out all the remaining dug-up soil. But the deck is essentially done.
First thing yesterday morning, they finished putting the composite board on the deck. Then started putting on the rail support posts. It looks great. Now there is a real deck!
THEN they put a screw in the top and bottom. I would have done it the hard way, of course. Each ballister one top screw and one bottom, one at a time.
I seem to have missed taking pictures of them building the stairway rails and attaching the ballisters on those. That was a right piece of hard work by itself. And took 2 hours worth. Lots of angle cuts and awkward positions for screwing them in.
They got done just before the rain hit and I helped hual stuff to their trucks.
But here is the final deck! From the deck door straight out...
And to remind you of the difference, here is the "before" picture (admittedly after 25 years)...