Saturday, July 6, 2024

Ponies and Snakes 2024

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Ponies and Snakes, a show I've been involved in for the last fifteen years. 2024 also happens to be the 40th anniversary of the formation of Bay Arear Mustang Association (BAMA), and the 60th anniversary of the Ford Mustang. These facts were celebrated on this years dash plaque, and the range of Mustangs and Cobras on display at the show last weekend was as impressive as ever!

Boss 429 and 302 in Calypso Coral 

'68 California Special

Boss 302

66' red-on-red coupe

'67 coupe w/ unique 6-cylinder motor

'65 Shelby GT500

Mike Maier's legendary Ol' Blue


Shelby tribute

'65 Coupe in Area 51 Gray

A Real Cobra!

Cobra replica

66' red-on-red 'vert



2008 Bullit

Saleen Edition

INDY 500 Pace Car special edition

'68 California Special

Sunday, June 9, 2024

Fixin' The Deck Part 12

After a busy week at work, I found myself back out on the deck. I was on my own this time because Amy Sheep was away in Nashville and Samuel Sheep is yet to return from the 108th running of the INDY 500.

I started off by securing the ends of the boards. We could have done this when they were installed, but we ran out of appropriate screws. It was actually easier to do it this way. The screws need to go through the "open" sections of the deck boards - you don't want to hit a "rib."  I made some marks on a scrap piece of deck board which indicate the center of each cavity:

These marks, and two more which align with the gaps between the boards, were transferred to a small piece of 1/4 inch plywood...

With the plywood template I can set four (4) screws per board in the exact places where I want them. I found the template worked best when it could be rested against partially installed screws because it could not slide as much. A design improvement would be to make the temple 2 boards/8 screws wide and move it along every four screws.

I ended up setting batches of screws and then deploying them. The screws are set about an inch back from the perimeter of the deck, so the photo below shows that there is a significant overhang to the boards.

After all the screws were installed, I snapped a second chalk line and then trimmed off the excess deck boards. Which gives the nice straight edge you can see below. I still plan to cut probably two (2) more inches off the deck, but I am waiting until after the facia boards and gutters are installed. 

All of which leaves this one section of the structure to deal with: 

The 3-ply rim joist is still an inch or so higher than would be ideal, so I started with that. The blackened area is where the post was located. I was planning to cut out the damaged material and patch it, but I decided not to because it was very solid....just a bit discolored. 

The area below the next post was too badly damaged to ignore:

This is after all the damaged material has been cut out and patched and the rim joist has been sistered with new timber:

Continued installing plywood in the area above the table saw room:  

Covered in case of rain. We have a few family events coming up so it will be a while before I can work on this some more...

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Fixin' The Deck Part 11

It's Memorial Day weekend, and that means a few different things. It means the INDY 500, this time the 108th running, and the Monaco grand prix for the 70th time. It's somewhat surprising to find that the INDY 500 is so much older. For me it means three days off work and the chance to bring the deck renovation a bit closer to its conclusion. When I say "conclusion" I mean be done with installing deck boards. After that there is a bunch more to do including installing fascia boards, gutters and downspouts, perimeter flashings and of course a perimeter railing. But let's not get ahead of ourselves...

This is the scene at the start of the long weekend. It looks like just a small section of deck left to complete but it's worth pointing out that at least a dozen boards in the foreground are just laid in place and not sloped at all.

I began by tearing off the top layer of plywood and removing the nails. The remaining section of plywood is low enough that the deck boards could be installed on top with suitable shims....but it is stained all over and rotten in places, so I started tearing that off too.

One (1) piece out! I can now see straight into the table saw room. With a ladder underneath the hole, I was able to get in and out of the workshop much more quickly every time I needed to get another tool or saw blade etc.

This is the bit of plywood that was right above the table saw room. The white patches are fungus damage that I have been watching grow for the last several years...

D came out to help....but didn't...

Next section off... at this point the substructure started to get very wobbly! There are a several reasons for the lack of support: these joists are sawn 2" x 10"s while the newer ones are 2" x 12" and consist of much more robust Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL). Add to that the older joists are spaced at 16" intervals versus 12" at the LVL and that no blocking was present. Suffice to say, the structure was not strong enough to support some deck boards which are held down with a few short screws. 

So, after an evening detour to the local Big Box store to pick up 2" x 10" lumber, I spent most of the next morning chopping and installing blocking from below. It is much easier to install the blocking flush when the plywood above is still in place:

After that the rest of the plywood was torn off and the structure was found to be rigid enough for me to dance around on top of it (if you can imagine what that might look like?). 

This is later after non-rotten/stained plywood has been installed over the framing. This is now a super solid base on which we can lay the deck boards:

It remains necessary to install shims on top of the plywood because the plywood platform is essentially level and we want the deck boards to slope at least 1/8" per foot.

An important milestone was needing to bring more boards out of the garage...

At the end of the weekend, we have about a dozen more boards to install before this part of the project can be completed. Before that I have to do some repairs to the rim joist.

Covered the exposed areas with plywood for now, just in case it should rain again before Fall:

The deck looks much more impressive after I swept it down and looked in the opposite direction:

To be continued...