Well, I ended up tackling this deck of my aunts anyhow. Here are some photos during demo of the old deck. And then some after framing the lower level. This project has been full of challenges. I had to rebuild a couple of the retaining walls and add a few more. The new deck is gonna be much larger due to pier clearances of the walls. The piers, 43 of them, were not easy. Extremely rocky soil, and they all had to be dug with a slate bar and shovel. Lots of pool plumbing, retaining walls, and rough terrain to work around. When the original deck was built some 25 years ago, the contractor attached the retaining wall to the outside posts. He built the walls and the deck at the same time. I wonder what he was thinking. I just cut those posts down, and used them as guides. Original girders were 4x4s and I used 4x6s. I left most of them because I didn't want to disturb the soil around the walls. Besides the cross braces, the lower-level framing is done. I'll frame the upper level after this weekend. I'm gonna teach my helper how to scribe with a compass so he can do the tedious task of coping all the decking to the rocks. Happy 4th of July :drink: and don't forget to fly your flag.
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