Building Studio Deck Part 3, Melon Garden, Speaker Box Build, Summer Squash - Monday
Bright and clear morning yesterday to start what turned into our hottest day of the year so far at 92F by the afternoon. I'm really happy with how the A/C units are fairing at keeping the house comfortable and they don't seem to have to work too hard.
Back working on the deck I first cut all the decking boards to length which meant taking up to an inch off of them to get down to 16 feet exactly. Once they were cut I laid them out and found that 2 of the 2x6s were quit a bit taller than the rest which made the decking bow over the top of them. Each was 5 3/4" instead of the 5 1/2" of the rest. I went to the wood pile and found one of the 10 footers that was the right size and cut it to length.
I was able to slide the too tall ones out and the correct ones in with little trouble.
Then I got to start installing the decking. The first piece was a little funky as I wanted it flush against the building but had to press it in in a few spots to get it fully contact. The subsequent boards were able to feather out the slight unevenness pretty effectively.
It was a little after 11 am and I was racing the oncoming sunshine. It was already hot and the fan did wonders to keep the mosquitoes at bay and the heat from being too oppressive.
I got the last piece on a little after 11:30 am then headed down to the house for a little break.
Feeling like a glutton for punishment I headed back up after eating and got to work on the fascia boards. I put on the one end board which helps keep the decking in place but then I realized that I had to build all of my railing supports before I could install the rest of the fascia.
So I set about figuring out how I was going to make it work. So as not to reduce the available space on the deck I built my supports out. I have 5 posts for the railing and it will run the full length of the entrance side and 2/3 of the front side.
The corner was a bit funky to make work and I used a bunch of deck screws to make it as solid as I could.
I was able to spend a lot of my time at the saw under the shad of the juneberry bush which helped since I couldn't run the saw and fan at the same time. I got the other 2 supports installed on the front then I was able to cut all the pieces for the fascia which ended up being a lot.
I needed short decking pieces for the top of each which I spaced and then screwed down in the middle where the post will hide the screws once installed. I then cut all the little pieces of the fascia and installed them all with a couple of screws, hiding them where I could.
It was a fairly tedious task but I did get a few easier bits where I could make 6 of the dame length cuts instead of each individual lengths.
It was 3pm and I had the decking all finally installed with all my supports and fascia finished. I had gotten a text to check my irrigation at the melon garden so I ran up with R to fix a leak in one line and to set my timer again. I ran the irrigation for a half hour then headed home.
I cleaned off the deck and moved all my tools back to the shed. I left some that will be needed for the railing install. I also still have to build stairs for both sides, but will just put the old ones back up for temporary.
I have been trying to figure out how I want to build a speaker box with some speakers I have had lying around for years. Two 6 inch subs and two 4 inch 2 ways. I found a piece of OSB that will fit them and have been looking at the layout off and on when I am in the shed. With the deck done I took some time for something for myself and at least got the face built and the speakers mounted and tested.
I drew my circles then cut them out with the jigsaw. Mounted the speakers and wired them then tested on my shop stereo. Unfortunately my old stereo is missing a channel so only the left works but the 4 speakers are pretty loud for being free air. I am going to build a box for the back and am probably going to make a sealed box.
Once @stryeyz was home from work and we had gone to see the deck we then went to see the rooster that I had to "quarantine". It was getting picked on and hid under the studio deck for so long it was weak so I have it in a fenced area with food and water for just it and so the other roosters aren't beating it up. On the way back to the house I saw the first summer squash about to open flowers. They should be open today and I should have the first ones to harvest by this time next week.
Soaking felt really good on my rather sore body.
Today I have to get the cooler cleaned up and ready since we are going to be butchering this weekend and need the cold storage. The grass has to get cut since I haven't done it yet, my clothes are hanging on the line to dry already, I need to get stuff together for scouts camping on Thursday, and I have some tree branches to trim back from the structures.
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