New Arrivals July 11 – 17, 2011

Once again, after two last week, it’s nothing new, and right now, that’s as it should be.

You’ll have noticed I’m not posting as much just now, we’ve been very busy working on landscaping plans and have also found out our large two-level deck is beyond repair and will have to be replaced with a brand new one – the cost is yikes and double yikes. What’s especially irritating is that the deck had been freshly painted to match the house only a few months before, cleverly covering up a lot of the rotted wood, and the home inspection didn’t catch it, and neither did we… drat.

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8 Responses to New Arrivals July 11 – 17, 2011

  1. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I hate when that happens. And it’s yet another reason I am very happy NOT to be a home owner.

    The only book I got in this week was a paperback (via the Exchange) of Japrisot’s THE SLEEPING CAR MURDERS.

    And I read three books, one mine and two from the library.

  2. Sorry to hear about the deck problem. Replacing a deck isn’t cheap. And most decks around here seldom last more than 10 years because of the rain and snow. No matter what materials are used–wood, composite wood and plastic, cellular pvc, etc–they seem to break down over time.

  3. Richard says:

    We’re going with Ironwood for the planking. Our climate is as wet or wetter then yours, but much milder in temperature, with only four or five snows / freezing days a year. We’ll still have to treat the deck and railings (Mahogany) annually but with that we’re expecting 20 years, which is what the present deck has.

  4. Just look at this deck replacement as another needed economic stimulus for our sagging economy, Rick. We don’t have a deck, but we have a “sun room” where you get the illusion of being outside without the bugs and the annoying heat.

  5. J F Norris says:

    Our rooftop deck is already starting to rot and our building is only five years old. I put my foot through two boards just a few weeks ago. All our efforts at waterproofing and staining to protect the wood were for nothing. It had been unprotected for nearly three years prior to us moving in. Problem: we have a condo association and we are one of only two owners who love the deck and want it saved. No one else gives a damn. Condo ownership is WORSE than home ownership. You are at the mercy of the other tenants’ whims. When those tenants are indifferent about everything until something breaks only to have an “emergency” assessment to cover the scost orf repairs it makes for being a grumpy, irritable neighbor. I can barely say hello to any of the other people these days. It’s only seven units! You’d think it would be easier. Grr.

    Good luck with the deck. If you go ahead with a rebuild I’ll give you a hint where to start: treated lumber. It’ll spare you the hassle of using waterproofing treatments and stains afterwards. Living in such a wet enviornment like Oregon wasn’t that taken care of with the original deck?

  6. Richard says:

    J.F. – yes, but the deck is 16 years old and in this climate that’s considered a “lifetime” for decks. The previous owners painted the pressure treated wood, and that was it, except for a repaint every 5 years or so. We’re getting pressure treated Ironwood, an especially hard Braziallan wood, which we will then seal and polycoat with UV polyseal.

  7. Laurie says:

    A little late to this party….it sounds like a home inspector should be liable for that. And don’t you guys do termite inspections up there? A termite inspector worth his salt would have at least noted on their inspection report that the deck “has recently been painted,” which would have been a red flag. Oh well, sometimes it’s not worth the fight. Just think of nice brand new shiny deck you’ll have. With a lifetime warranty. 🙂

  8. Richard says:

    The home inspection did say the deck would need work and had been painted in the last year, but we’d expected to get 12-18 months before we had to replace it. No, termite inspections are voluntary here, at buyer expense. We did have one but there is no temite damage to the house or the deck.

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