He started this project back in summer 2015. His little guy was eager to help him removing the weeds so that they could break the ground and get the project going.
After clearing up the ground, he made a temporary frame to help with the post placement for the structure. Can you guess what his project was? Bingo, it was an above ground pool deck from scratch!
After determining the locations of the posts, his father-in-law helped him with digging the holes. It was definitely a labor intensive process to dig the 16-inch diameter holes. They started the process using the auger, but quickly abandoning it because the soil in the backyard was too rocky and kept binding up the auger.
Since they have harsh winter months, they had to dig the holes past the frost line (a few feet deep).
After digging the holes, they filled each hole with a bag of concrete.
He loved his Bostitch F21PL for installing the framing. He said, “The absolute best tool investment I’ve made in a while.”
He placed plastic standoffs at the bottom of the posts so that the posts were not in direct contact with the concrete. This would prevent the concrete from rotting the wooden posts.
He carefully positioned the posts in the holes. He still needed to refill the hole to safely secure the posts in place.
Things started coming along nicely.
His dad and his son were the best helpers! They were busy transferring some stone to the backyard.
Instead of using soil, he opted to use stone to backfill the holes. Stone would help by promoting drainage and keeping the wooden posts moisture-free.
Now he mounted some stair stringer brackets to the frame.
After securing the posts, he added weed barrier and stone underneath the structure. The project still had a ways to go, but it was slowly coming together.
Now it was time to add the stairs and you can see the above ground pool deck coming together. He added some temporary beams at the top of the posts to prevent the structure from twisting before he had everything tied together.
Next step involved installing all the joists before he could start adding the platform.
With all the joists in place, the structure was getting more and more sturdy so he started removing the temporary top beams.
Now he needed to trim the posts to the correct height. He was getting pretty creative with using the tools he had in his garage to get the job done.
The posts were cut to the right height and they looked perfect!
He installed the pool perimeter boards. He also added bracing between joists to minimize twisting and increase the rigidity of the floor framing.
Since he has young kids, sometimes he had to work on the project at night when the kids are in bed. Talk about dedication! Templates were used throughout the project to ensure precise locations of the fasteners (in this case, it was 1/2″ galvanized carriage bolts).
He had to take a break from the project since winter was on its way. That’s how far he got by the end of 2015.
Fast forward to May 2016, he picked up where he left off and started with the decking. He used the full length 16′ boards for the decking.
The installation of decking was quick and smooth until he got to the pool edge. In order to get the boards cut to the right angle, he first laid the boards where they were supposed to go.
Then, he went underneath and marked where the cuts should be.
Finally, he cut and installed. Done!
He used his drill press to make pilot holes for the spindles before fastening them to the frame.
He marked on the 2×4 board sitting on top so that he knew where to mount the spindles.
He was using his old trusty drill to install the stair boards.
Finally, after months of hard work, he built this impressive pool deck from scratch!
Since he has young kids, installing a safety latch to the deck door was definitely a good call.
He still planned on staining the deck in Fall 2016 after all the wood dries out.
I still can’t believe he built this from scratch. The approximate cost for the pool deck is $1500 for all the lumber and hardware. I bet his family uses this pool deck all the time!
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