Angles are easy! Or are they?

Project Tracker Update: Our fearless homeowner has finished the “easy” part (demo) and now the “skilled labor” portion begins with…. ANGLES! Like his demolition tally, will we need to calculate his project overage in tons as well??? After watching YouTube videos, Ryan is correctly starting from the “bottom, up,” which means the stairs are first. But, he decided to include a lot of acute and obtuse angles in his design. I think he needs HELP! Chime in with your expertise… or your jokes, he has a thick skin!!

Angles!!! Not sure whether it was YouTube or if he remembered something from high school math, but Ryan figured out how to measure and miter angles! He’s really flying on the project now. Listen in on his thoughts and why he ended up choosing the @deckorators Voyage line of decking for this project.
Main deck is complete, but the lessons are not! Our fearless homeowner has made a ton of progress and along with his growing volume of wasted material, the list of lessons learned are increasing. Chime in with what Ryan “should have done” and what he can do to fix a few less than perfect elements of his deck! Check out the photos below!
And the deck is done! Now Ryan is moving on to planters, followed by the bar top, firepit and other elements. Did he actually say a “Cuban Respirator” is “safety equipment?” We think Ryan may have spent too much time in the sun.
This may be where this project “jumps the shark.” Yes, a few miter joints could be better, but the main deck is done. The excitement, however, is not. Ryan has decided on another change order from using decking material for tops on the bar counter, firepit and BBQ island. He watched a YouTube video and is now pouring concrete countertops!

As summer is coming closer to wrapping up, some things may never end. COVID may be one and Ryan’s project perhaps is another! He’s made amazing progress for an “amateur” and we think he’s learned a few lessons along the way (we also learned about “Cuban Respirators”). The deck is “done” (except a few finishing items like replacing every face screwed location with plugs).
The planters are done as is the lighting, the bar top has been poured, but not finished and the firepit and BBQ station are still outstanding. We will be wrapping up this project in the upcoming Q3 issue of Deck Specialist along with our recap on whether Ryan did himself any favors by tackling this himself! Give us your thoughts and make sure you check out the comprehensive wrap up in the Q3 issue that will equip you pro’s with a real-life case story to use with your clients who want to tackle things themselves!

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