Chad and Brynn and their four kids live in Jacksonville, NC, near the coast. Their deck was starting to fall apart, so for Christmas we agreed to help them rebuild it. On Monday morning after Christmas on Sunday, it was off to Lowe's to buy the materials. Yes, those are 16-footers in a 7-foot bed of Paula's Tacoma. You just put a bunch of concrete on the other end and drive re-e-e-a-l slowly.
Chad had already taken apart the old deck, and a couple of pickup loads got it all to the landfill. Along with a no-longer-repairable piano.
Back to work. Augers?! We don't need no stinkin' augers!
Every sixth grader should know how to mix a wheelbarrow of concrete, right?
Chad gave instruction on the fine art of mixing the stuff.
Once the placement of the posts had cured, the frame construction started.
The guys at Lowes just shook their heads as we loaded up Brynn's minivan with more stuff.
Chad's eight-year-old son Joshuah has a love of all things tools.
He volunteered to help in all sorts of ways.
Annie was caught red-handed. Or pink-handed, I guess.
She arranged her "office" on the under-construction project.
We finally finished up last week, on the third visit to J-ville to help with the construction.
We hope that all your projects turn out OK, but that they don't take so long.
Dave & Paula