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Deck Deck Gone Gone


Well, after having to have the house leveled at the cost of almost $8000, I still realized that I had to keep the water in the back yard from ending up against the house and going under at the kitchen window.  The "only" way to accomplish that was to undo the fiasco that the original owner built.  That was the very large deck that allowed water to go between the boards and then up against the house, also damned and blocked by a flower bed with boxwoods and other "crap".  Also decided to get a new one piece 6" gutter and 2 downspouts installed to replace the old 4".  The new gutter also has the leaf guard screen (we'll have to wait and see about the required maintenance on that).  They made that 40' gutter right in the driveway but I missed seeing it.  Supposedly they have rolled aluminum stock and goes through a machine and comes out completely made.  It is also color matched to our house trim and pretty amazing.  Unfortunately I was busy in the house and missed the making of the gutter from the back of that regual Dodge van WOW.

My contractor had to go to a couple other jobs today so I've been digging up plants and raking dead leaves and debris from where the deck was.  Found some termite eggs SEE PIC so I called Terminix and their rep will be here around noon Monday.  All in all I am very please with "my" decision to do this and I was pretty much alone in that decision, including Sherry's family - - so what??? - - I've been solo before and probably will be again.  Getting a fair amount of good exercise, being careful no to do something the old back isn't capable of doing anymore and sweating a little helps moisturize the skin ?right?

Anyhow, here are some pics of the deal from start to NOW.



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Sorry you have to go through this, but I'm sure you will end up with a better situation in the long run. That looks to me like a good spot for some re-grading, and a pave stone patio.

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those thoughts are certainly being tossed around - - - fill dirt and sod for sure

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And, some sort of drain system around that foundation.

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Quite a project!!

It looks as though when the house was built that the contractor didn't back fill correctly and the ground slopes to under the house. I second more drainage (which of course means more work evileye )



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Getting closer and at least the mud hole back yard is no more.

Still don't know what I'm going to do about a deck/patio????



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Why not a paver walkway to clear that area and go off to one side or the other then build a paver patio. A base of sand and crusher dust then some nice colorful blocks. It will outlast all of us and eventually be a selling point. We had our flagstone front walk done about 10 years back with pavers and it looks about as good today as then. A few(lots!) to look at: https://www.google.com/search?q=Paver+patios&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjUidfAoubMAhUJWT4KHUdPBj8QsAQIWA&biw=1700&bih=799&dpr=0.8



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I really like that idea Dave and that's probably the way we'll go - - - one stepson wants to build a Pergola type with net screen over the top and I am totally against that idea because of the bug/insect nesting on those types of structures - - - I DON'T need something else to maintain and the pavers would be maintenance free ?almost?

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Pavers are a nice look, and colors can be mixed to give you any number of overall appearance. I sort of like a generally light color with a few medium and dark tones mixed in for variety. And as to maintenance, if you have a blower you're golden, and water just drains right through. I am considering them for some stuff we need to do around this place.

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A blower to move any leaves off and a string trimmer once or twice a year (maybe) to knock off any weeds that may grow in the dirt that blows in. Once you get the pavers down, some fine beach sand broomed between the blocks limits motion. 



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Slowly but Surely as they say.

Not completely finished yet but we have dealt with getting Sherry from the house to the car safely, replaced the rotten materials and painted, grass will survive now, termites are treated and I'm ready to STOP for a week or two.



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You certainly made the right decision in removing that old deck. Your house is really close to ground level, something I am not used to seeing in my neck of the woods. I replaced the deck on the back of our house last summer. Actually I had a contractor replace it, but ours was 4 feet above ground. The old one rotted off the house and dropped to the ground. I wanted to do the work myself, but I'm not physically able. But I was in charge of design and paying for it.

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