The 45 degree steel beam is 90″+ high-off the rocky beach sitting on the concrete-based pedestal as described in the previous blog. The second beam is there to ‘triangulate’ the structure and make it strong. The steel beams are angle-steel, almost 1/2″ thick and double-hot-dipped galvanized. They are BC Hydro-salvage fallen power line tower parts. They ARE strong.
The long beam is 21 feet long and weighs 220pounds. The shorter one is almost 12′ long and weighs a mere 130 or so. The joists are 2×12’s ‘sistered’ in to the pre-existing deck structure. When that is up, we deck over but currently don’t have any 2×6’s for the decking. Sal hinted that we might use a mixture of 2×8’s and 2×4′ to deck…….hmmmmm…..?
“So, did you rig up a lift or something to place those beams or did you just work Sal extra hard?” asked my neighbour when he dropped by to see it. He’s read the book.
His visit cut into the work-day which is remarkably short as a rule and thus made shorter yesterday but we still put up two joists before the Malbec called. We may finish the remaining sisters and be ready to deck today. Tomorrow for sure. I say ‘may’ because I am likely to run out of the 2x12s but I would run out of the short lengths and Sal is insistent that we can ‘make em’ from 2×8’s and 2×4’s so that we don’t have to stop.
Cobbling is SOOoooooooooo out-of-character for the work-site partner who usually brings a little OCD to the equation.
“That’s not like you. Usually you want everything perfect. The same. Appearances have to be right. That’s your schtick. It’s me who says ‘oh, it’s good enough. No one will see it. It’s strong – that is all that counts. Wazzup?”
“Shut up and keep working. I am not that rigid. And, anyway….I want this all done before our guests arrive. Now, focus!”
So I may be ‘making’ the remaining two joists out of parts. I may be decking like a quilter.
Slave-driver Sal is back on the job!