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Decked Out

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We’ve limped our deck along thus far using patches for the boards that rotted out, but it is getting to the point where the bad spots almost outnumber the good ones.

It’s time to replace them all. For us, the process starts with a search for a crew in the area who are willing to quote the job. Cyndie’s first call landed a person who lives remarkably close and seems hungry for the work. Maybe too hungry. He’s made three visits already, two of the times with a different potential “assistant” in tow to analyze the scope of our project.

He wanted to get to work right away with a verbal “rough estimate” and a willingness to start removing boards yesterday. We’ve got another quote scheduled for Friday, so we are making him wait.









Cyndie and I took the steps of removing all the furniture and I pulled up a couple boards to reveal the condition of the joists below, hoping to make the quoting process as easy as possible for our estimators. It’s enough to almost entice me into trying to do the whole thing myself, if it weren’t for the nitty-gritty details for which I have no experience, such as what to do about the railings.

Ain’t home maintenance grand?

I’m leaning toward the extra expense of choosing composite boards for the job, specifically to reduce the amount of ongoing maintenance required. The boards that receive some shade from pine trees tend to get mossy and the boards out in the open face extreme UV abuse.

It would please me immensely if we never needed to deal with rotting boards ever again.

Of course, there’s always the other option of just selling this property and moving away to a place that doesn’t involve doing our own maintenance.

Is it too soon for us to move into a senior living retirement apartment?



Written by johnwhays

August 19, 2019 at 6:00 am

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  1. We replaced our decking with composite material at the cabin after it seemed to only last a couple years under shade, rain, and snow. It was a lot more expensive, but still looks like new years and years later. A power wash every other year removes mold and it looks perfect. Of course, our deck is much smaller (eg less expensive) but we love it!


    August 20, 2019 at 8:36 am

    • I want to have composite, but we have now learned our deck is so old the joists were installed 24″ on center, which is too wide and will need to be entirely removed to start from scratch. Ouch.


      August 20, 2019 at 8:42 am

  2. You need to come see what the peaceful living in New Prague is like❣️


    August 19, 2019 at 8:19 am

    • Wish New Prague was closer to our usual directions of travel to make visiting easier for us! One of these days…


      August 19, 2019 at 8:44 am

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