Thursday, April 29, 2021

Somethings rotten in Denmark......

 7:42 am - Thursday - April 29th - Seal Rock, OR - 46° F, 100% humidity, wind - zero mph out of the north.....heavy cloud cover today with a forecast high of 58° F.  On this date in 2013 we were camping at Greenbelt National Park (an urban forest) near Washington D.C. and the University of Maryland......↴


A few days ago we were tasked with the demolition of the old, rotting deck at the rental house up the hill (Fairwinds), and on Tuesday Fred worked on the section in the picture below.  Since he is off Wednesdays, and I am the only one on duty, it fell to me to finish the other half of the demolition......


....each plank had bout 14 stainless steel, square drives screws affixing them to the stringers underneath.  Unfortunately, the stainless steel screws lasted much longer than the wood, and was time to remove them so the planks could be replaced.....



I would unscrew a couple dozen screws, them remove them, and move onto the next row


....even though Terry was off Wednesday he came up the hill with me to show me what needed to be done, and while we were there one of the planks (above) broke under his weight sending him crashing to the deck injuring his shoulder and leg.  He ended up spending the rest of the day at the ER in Newport getting Xrays.  After delivering Terry back down the hill to his RV so his wife could drive him into the Newport ER, I headed back up the hill to finish removing the remaining planks......


About half way through the remaining planks

....I had removed all the screws in the section upon which I am standing when this picture was taken, and was about to remove the final planks when one of them gave way sending me falling into the bush on the left side of the picture below.  I was not hurt, but my pride was....I was being extra careful, and still fell victim to the rotten planks.....this is not a job for old guys......




....it took me four hours in all to finish the job, but now the deck is ready for the contractor.  I was home around 2 pm after my longest work day yet.  I'm not sure I want to put in too many 4 hour days, but one here and there wouldn't be too bad.  

It was a nice sunny afternoon until around 4 pm when the marine layer drifted inland once again obscuring any chance of a watchable sunset....thanks for stopping by!

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