Epic DIY Deck Project -Part 4- Patch a Wall Hole & Finish Deck Joists

On July 11th weekend, it was another work weekend at the Cedar Workshop test facility. The family and myself headed back up to the cabin with a load of deck materials. The goal was to patch up a rodent hole, that was behind the old propane tank and finish off the deck joists.
On Saturday, progress started out slow, it was only 10:00am and the temperature outside was 27*C/80*F. It made it difficult take measurements with the sun in your face and climb over the deck joists. Lucky for me, the lake was a 100′ away and I’d go jump in the lake for a few minutes.

The hole in the foundation wall was be used by Mr. Weasel and Ms Squirrel. It was their secret entrance. Had to put a stop to it, especially when I plan to use the space for a future workshop. I ended up using a chunk of pressure treated wood to plug the hole and then cover the wall around it with thin aluminum sheets. It should prevent the rodents from chewing another hole through the wall. It was much easier to work on the wall when the propane tank was moved and the joists were not in place yet.
After the hole was patched up, the joists could be hung off the ledger board and secured in place with joist hangers. I’m so glad I had plenty of joist hangers and angle brackets stockpiled. It’s a really piece of mind knowing the deck will be safe. Read more at the website: http://www.cedarworkshop.net/?p=1108

Music Credit: Bayou_State_of_Mind, by Jingle Punks

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