Landlady’s house gets a deck…


A big deck.


It covers half the side of the house twelve feet deep…


…and the whole front eight feet deep.

Plans for how we’ll build a ramp/stairs to get on the thing are still pending. Landlady and Neighbor S did the frame yesterday, and then this morning we three did the joist hangers and joists. The actual decking has to wait three weeks for its turn to come up: The intervening two weekends are already taken with neighborhood building projects.

And now I have to wash up and bake bread for this evening’s celebratory party.

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10 Responses to Landlady’s house gets a deck…

  1. Dianne Feray says:

    you keep referring to her as ‘the landlady’. what exactly is your and her relationship? also why isn’t she living in her house all the time? nosey woman wants to know!! please.

  2. Mike says:

    Very nice, and I see from the pics the weather is cooperating. Have fun at the party and don’t forget to post a few pics when the work is all done.

  3. Joel says:

    Landlady is just her blog name now, but at first she was kind of my landlady because for the first five years I lived in an RV on her land sponging off her infrastructure. She moved to the city when her husband T died 11 years ago, and now she just weekends here.

  4. Zelda says:

    Build your ramp with ADA guidelines in your hand and it will all turn out well. When you are older, weaker, don’t have full use of feet, legs, hands and arms everything is at least twice as steep as it looked when you did. I have one ramp that I’m pretty sure will need a pulley (ramp is too short) and a guard rail and that won’t be any fun especially in the snow.

  5. Mark Matis says:

    Oh come on, Zelda! That’s nothing a Warn winch couldn’t make short work of:
    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/wrn-92815/overview/

  6. Anonymous says:

    Harbor Freight has a 110 volt winch for around $150 . One has been lifting my greenhouse lid for some 7 years now .

  7. Zelda says:

    Thanks guys but a motorized way up the ramp doesn’t interest me because powered mechanical things often malfunction and don’t function at all without a power source. I keep everything as simple and manual as possible. Looking now for a pulley arrangement that will function in the snow and sleet and rain. I know very little about pulleys, lots of learning going on, they were fine for the Egyptians, Babylonians,, Sumerians, Aztecs etc

  8. Joel – a constant riff of mine around here is that anything of substance that one might set down for just a couple of days becomes a shelter – a potential home – for every little creature around here. It’s just my way of trying to remind the rest of the outfit to think about how that works – every-single-time. I could go on and on with different examples of how that’s worked around here but I suspect that you have to know the same thing from how it is at your place.

    So – when I look at that really nice looking beginning of a porch – I can’t help but wonder what kind of a section 8 that’s going to become for your wildlife. Any ideas on how you’re going to manage the riff-raff? (like the one who found it’s way in to the LL’s woodbin)

    We’ve tried the “outa’ sight, outa’ mind” bit around here with poor results – fwiw!

  9. Joel says:

    Actually if you leave it open it’s not much of a problem. You might recall several years ago when I tried half-assedly skirting the Lair and ended up with the mother of all multi-generational packrat nests in the crawlspace: That problem went away when I hauled away the sandbags and lived with a slightly colder floor.

  10. I hope it does work out as you say ’cause it does look like it’s going to be a really nice spot.

To the stake with the heretic!