Saturday, April 28, 2012

Building a deck

When we set our first fifth wheel RV on our seasonal site at Cutty's Des Moines Campgrounds, we used the built in steps that came with the Road Ranger.  Then a  neighbor couple (who are snowbirds) asked if, during the winter, we wanted to use the steps that they had build and used with their motorhome.
We said yes and used them all that winter.  It was nice having wider and deeper steps and we enjoyed them.  The following Spring, when it was time to return them, I built our own set of steps with a small 'porch'.
Last Fall we moved the Road Ranger off the site and put our Hitch Hiker fifth wheel in its place.  The steps that I'd built for the Road Ranger were about eight inches to low for the Hitch Hiker.  It was a simple (lazy) fix.  I had room on the porch to add a layer of concrete blocks to create the final step.
This Spring we moved the Hitch Hiker off and moved the Excel onto the site.
The Excel steps were an additional eight inches higher and I again took the lazy way out and added another row of concrete blocks as a temporary fix.
I'm now building a deck to replace the original steps and get rid of the blocks.
This deck will be larger and situated differently than what we had before.

Ella and I discussed whether to make the deck four by eight feet or four by six with the steps coming off the side and onto the patio.  I laid out a sheet of four by eight plywood to help visualize the deck.  We (Ella) decided that it was too big.  (I agreed, by the way)

A trip to Home Depot for stringers, treads, corner posts, two by fours, hanger straps and screws.

I started work on it yesterday.  However with high wind and occational sprinkles, I didn't get much further than marking and cutting.

Today I started assembly.  This was when Ella said, "Oh, I thought we changed our minds and were going to make it four by eight feet."  To late to change our minds now.  
I also found that I needed one more two by four and more hanger straps.  Back to Home Depot.
Fortunately, the cordless drill and I both ran out of power at the same time.
The drill is recharging and I'm posting.
We'll both get back to work this afternoon.

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