New Deck

Discussion in 'Original Pictures Forum' started by cgaengineer, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. cgaengineer

    cgaengineer LawnSite Fanatic
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    A friend and I are building this deck (10'x14') and should have it finished tonight. Its a little overbuilt with the 6"x6" posts 2"x8" joists on 16" centers and no span larger than 7 feet...Top rails are 2"x6". I have installed low voltage lighting in the posts and should have the wiring for the lights finished before the 4th. On the 4th I will be sitting on my deck with a few racks of baby back ribs in my smoker enjoying the hickory smell while relaxing.

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    If anyone has suggestions on what to do at what is now the grass corner at the deck and existing patio I am open for suggestions. Due to the location of the septic system I had no other choice then to install deck in the location where it is leaving a grass area in front of the patio which will be tough to mow.
     
  2. mhussey

    mhussey LawnSite Senior Member
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    Looking good...

    The new Bermuda is looking good too! Do you have a pic of the rest? I am wanting to put some type of warm season grass down. Fescue just isn't cutting it now with the heat and drought.
     
  3. cgaengineer

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    Thanks, long gone are the days of fescue in the south. I still have some drought stressed areas of my bermuda lawn but over all it looks really good and is fairing well. I think you would enjoy the heartiness of bermuda over a fescue lawn...just fertilizer, a little water and a ton of mowing during the growing season!

    I will take some pics of the bermuda tonight and post them on this thread. I did have one area under a tree and also on a slope die, but I replaced it and have been watering and it looks great...now all I have to do is topdress and I will be all set!
     
  4. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Nice Job with the deck

    Do you plan to finish or seal it?
     
  5. cgaengineer

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    Yeah, I plan to seal with Thompsons but I am not sure if I want to use the tinted seal or not...what do you suggest? I am going to wait a week or two so that the deck will have time to dry out in the sun before sealing so I will get good penetration with the sealer.
     
  6. larryinalabama

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    EXCELLENT JOB on the deck! What time will the ribs be ready? LOL

    I have 3 fescue lawns 2 in the shade look good all year. 1 3500 sq ffoot that I have to overseed in the fall, this year it looks good due to a cooler than normal summer. I guess being from California I like green grass at Christmas time even thouggh its a pain in axx
     
  7. White Gardens

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    I hate the tinted sealer. It seems like it takes 3 months for the tint to actually soak in and everytime you touch it you get red junk on your hands and cloths.
     
  8. cgaengineer

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    Thanks Larry, I have a terrible time with my type "A" personality so my attention to detail is excessive. I also tend to overbuild things...I will promise you if a tornado hit my house the house would be gone and the deck and the fence I built would still be standing!

    Just overseed with rye if you have bermuda!
     
  9. cgaengineer

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    Maybe I will rethink that...I was thinking about polyurethane on the top rails and deck boards but I am not sure it can take the heat and water...maybe I will just stick with Thompsons and retreat every year or so.

    I don't want to change the color...it is what it is (Pine), but I would like to bring out the natural beauty if you know what I mean.
     
  10. larryinalabama

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    Ya 6x6 and 2x8 ove 7' is a little excessive but why not over build.

    Theres a sealer Im thinking its from Behr that is the same tint as the treated lumber. I use to seal mine but havent in years now, Im kinda of used to the grey color.

    I actually have 10 different distanct lawns on my property, the Zozisa and burmuda and the whatever grasses get left alone in the winter. I overseeded the Zozisa for 2 years while it was filling in as I started it weith cut up peices of sod or plugs.
     

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