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Stuart Head 4th Period
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Monday, January 2, 2017
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Today was all about getting a feel for the project ahead. I surveyed the area and observed the current deck for ideas. I made measurements of the current deck to use as accurate proportions for the replacement and construction of the new porch. The new porch is planned to sit where the current deck does.
While I was surveying, I noticed how necessary this project is considering the condition the current deck is in. I had to climb through thorn bushes and crawl under tight muddy spaces to record height measurements and deck widths. Other than the physical demand, I didn’t run into any problems. I am excited to get started on my official plans.
Here I am standing in front of what will be demolished. This was before I had to crawl and get my white t-shirt ruined for the sake of project measurements.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017
8:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Tonight was the main planning period of the project. I laid out, approximately, where the current deck is. Then, I sketched an idea of where the new porch will be in accurate proportions. This allows my ideas to be presentable in the upcoming approval process with the Home Owners Association.
When I was diagramming my project, I found it difficult to proportion everything at that right scale. The computer made it difficult in trying to draw odd things, but it also helped with the math involved in the construction project. I plan to take these blueprints to my project facilitator.
This is where I was observing the blueprints that could be a major difference in property value. This was after an hour’s worth of plotting on the computer.
Sunday, January 15, 2017
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Tonight, I brought my official construction plans to my expert and facilitator of my project. He confirmed my ideas on paper, and he recommended new things to it as well. This meeting with my facilitator was lengthy as it took a couple hours, but in the end, my porch plans were ready to move on in the approval process.
If I had not talked with my project facilitator, I would have had some potential issues down the road. He knows much more about the practicalities of construction than an amateur like me. Hearing from an expert adds to my development in the project, and their influence rubs off making my decisions more professional.
My facilitator and I going over the plans to construct a deck similar to the one we were observing in the background above. He built his own (background), and he believes I can do the same.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Today was all about fixing up the old deck. I began the process of removal to most of the planks. I used a crowbar and carefully took out planks after measuring them. I measured them in preparation to replace them relatively proportionate in the new project.
When removing the planks, I noticed how necessary this project is for my safety. The original wood is rotting and unsafe to be on. Some of the planks were difficult to remove and took a great amount of physical effort to remove. I plan on updating my facilitator on my progress and ask for advice regarding new deck wood.
This is me standing on what will soon be demolished. This was before I took out multiple planks and almost fell through the deck of rotten wood. I was scared to fall.
Thursday, February 2, 2017
Tonight was another planning period for the new project with my facilitator. I laid out, specifically, where the new planks would be compared to the old deck and where I removed the previous ones. We discussed the materials I would need and different options I have regarding the type of wood choices. He confirmed my measurements of new planks and encouraged the removal of all old deck in order to completely rebuild.
If I had not talked to my project facilitator, it would have been difficult to know what wood to get. Also, I felt that this planning process was made so much easier with the help I was given. It could have been difficult with measurements, but with my project facilitator’s recommendation, I was able to decide on deck proportions permanently. I am now ready to search for materials.
My facilitator and I going over what measurements need to be fixed and what materials are necessary. This was outside so he could relate to his own deck in the background of the picture. I felt assured after visiting him.
Saturday, February 4, 2017
Tonight, I went to Home Depot with my dad to get materials for the new deck. We had to take two trips in order to transport all the wood home. I searched out long planks to replace the old ones and thick posts that they will rest on. I loaded up our car with all kinds of lumber ready to take back to the site for construction.
With the materials already planned to purchase, it was not an overly exhausting trek to Home Depot. However, getting all the wood needed for the new deck is not an easy task. Physically, it took strength to move the lumber, but I am willing to do what it takes to not fall behind schedule on the project.
This is me pushing around load of lumber that will be the luxury of my new deck. This was before I was tired of all the physical labor. I needed a lot of patience for this lengthy job.
Monday, February 20, 2017
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Today was dedicated to final preparations before construction. Time was spent removing the shrubs and bushes that were in the way of what will be the new deck location. I took out giant roots and cleaned the area so it is ready for the framing to start being installed. Landscaping has started to play a factor in my project.
I did this in an orderly fashion and had to be precise so the yard looked neat still. I had to overcome the difficulty of removing some of these bushes. Thorns were prickly, and some of the roots were a pain to pull out. I was happy to get this phase over with and move on to pure construction.
Here I am removing bushes that are in the way of what will soon be deck space. I was not particularly happy with this job and wanted to do real building.
Saturday, March 4, 2017
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
This Saturday was a heavy duty work day. It was ground-breaking time for new construction in my backyard. I had to drill holes in the side of my house and bolt in the framing for that side of the deck. I sank large 4x4 posts into holes that took half an hour to dig. The exterior framing of the deck is now up and ready to be built upon.
This truly was hard work. Ratcheting in bolts straight through concrete was a tough task, but using the drill and cutting holes was fun. It gave me a workout that I was not ready for and left me gassed out of energy afterwards. I am glad all the poles are in, digging is over, and less physically-demanding construction is on the way.
This is me ratcheting in a bolt through the framing into concrete foundation of my house. I was struggling, but I appreciated the great workout it provided.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Today was a great follow-up and continuation of the substantial amount of work completed the previous day. With the exterior framing set in place, I structured the interior framing of the new deck. I began boarding the deck to walk on and prepared the posts to act as ledges. The screened-in porch is ready to be put in, and I have ordered the custom screens. The final product is inbound.
I enjoyed this phase of my project. I was challenged physically to frame this deck correctly. It took vast amounts of strength to hold up long planks and screw in boards for hourly intervals. I overcame sickness from the following week and realized how dedicated I really was to this. It was rewarding to see the progress that I have made throughout this project.
This is a picture I took of my deck with the framing complete and boards being added. I was excited about this picture because it shows a significant change in what the deck used to look like.felt that this planning process was made so much easier with the h