My dad and Greg worked on the deck all day Wednesday (basically 9:00 am to 6:00 pm with a 3 hour break to go to Home Depot and stop at my uncle's to borrow his nail gun). They got the ledger board attached to the house and the support posts and beam for the upper level of the deck completed. Apparently the ledger board is the hardest part. It's attached to the rim of the house (basically the wood just above your foundation), so they had to remove some of the siding and move the electrical outlet about 6". The beams/support posts are also time-consuming, because they require a lot of measuring, squaring and leveling. And these things are the most important parts (structurally), so it's wise to make sure you get them right.
|Framing for the upper level of the deck almost complete! Greg and I are admiring our handywork. :)|
|Finished upper level framing in the background. Greg and dad cutting the support posts for the lower level.|