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Old 06-10-2019, 08:16 PM   #21
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Thank you for this.
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I'm going to re-do it.


Good for you.

So much easier and a nicer finished product when you start plumb, level, square, and flush.


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Old 06-10-2019, 08:17 PM   #22
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Pergola footing.


That makes sense. I usually push the deck beam back 2ft if I need pergola footings. At the outside corner.
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You need to be a stickler on every process. Getting out of the dirt, plumb and square is imperative to everything that comes after it. Makes building much more enjoyable when you can build to the numbers and all the numbers are correct.


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Or none at least that want to provide some advice
bingo.

Sorry pal, the deck guys are busy telling everybody how to be an expert at finishing drywall. Its how we roll here.
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had this happen a couple of years back-it was because of the location of two trees and large roots. The homeowner didn't want the trees damaged and I moved the posts. The resulting shift was a little more time consuming, but it's not rocket science.

If you're putting up beams and laying the joists on top of those, as long as you're within limits of the 1 or 2 inches you're off, it doesn't sound like a big deal. But...if you're trying new things like deck building and want to get better, striving to get it right is a great way to get better.

I'm guessing you'll fix those tubes. why were you digging a second hole right next to the sonotube?
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Large roots close to the base of a tree are one exception where I'll move things. Cut one of those off, and the tree can blow over in a storm.
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bingo.



Sorry pal, the deck guys are busy telling everybody how to be an expert at finishing drywall. Its how we roll here.


You want to start something with me? My whole life has been in the drywall trades. In fact it's the other trade I can get a job as journeyman in. Finishing. Let's see your work.

Also I can help someone build a deck, but I can't learn it for them on a forum. He's having issues and he's not even out of the ground yet. My laborers get that **** spot on.


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Because you didn't know there was a tree there when you started?


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Because you didn't know there was a tree there when you started?


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I know the codes and already have a permit.

Codes don't tell you whether you can be an inch off of a string line, or if a sonotube can take a beating. Unfortunately.

Heck, i've worked in some rural towns where the permit office is a guys house.




Very first sentence

"Just took on my first deck building job (so go easy on me haha)."
please post pictures when you are done.
If you are getting a check for building the deck then you are building decks for a living...
The questions seemed like something a home owner would post. So I had to ask.

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If I'm building next a tree I take the roots in consideration during the planning stage. Simply put, it's not an unforeseen.


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Of and by the way if you want to know how big a trees root system is one just needs to look at the size of the tree above ground. That gives you a general idea how big things are under the ground.


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Thatís explains the alcohol problem.
Wow - who's he ranting on now?

First he's a deck builder - but now he's been drywalling all his life.

What's next - rocket surgery?
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Wow - who's he ranting on now?

First he's a deck builder - but now he's been drywalling all his life.

What's next - rocket surgery?
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Wow - who's he ranting on now?

First he's a deck builder - but now he's been drywalling all his life.

What's next - rocket surgery?
He posted pics of some of his most recent drywall work. The finish looked right on.

I've eaten supper all my life. That doesn't mean I've eaten it for 8 hours all day every day, or even every day.
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He posted pics of some of his most recent drywall work. The finish looked right on.

I've eaten supper all my life. That doesn't mean I've eaten it for 8 hours all day every day, or even every day.
Oh. He did a nice patch on his own place and posted it here.
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3.) grade school teacher
4.) cop
5.) wall tilter upper
6.) rehab counselor
7.) anything else Cali has done
672.) nuclear physicist
673.) rocket scientist
674.) neurosurgeon
I'll never live THAT long.

Gonna have to scratch off a couple and know my limitations.

Hey, did home builder even make the list?
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He posted pics of some of his most recent drywall work. The finish looked right on.

I've eaten supper all my life. That doesn't mean I've eaten it for 8 hours all day every day, or even every day.
Not wanting to do something that sucks isn’t the same as not being able to do it. Sorry if it takes some people 16 years to learn something that should take about 5 minutes but that’s life and would probably drive me to drink too. Shows stick-to-itness if nothing else I guess.

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