Over Mother's Day weekend, my girlfriend, her family and I decided to take on a project.
We were going to assess and repair the shabby old deck in our back yard.
The house we are living in belongs to my girlfriend's grandmother. Because of this, we try to make minor patches and repairs to the house, to improve resale value (if it ever comes to that). One major problem-spot is the deck.
|A good shot of the old & the new|
- 1 hour of purchasing supplies
- 1.5 hours of installation
- 3.5 hours of arguing and fighting, thanks to dad-in-law
But then, as we walked on the deck, we noticed a lot of 'squishy spots.' Some of them were so squishy, they quickly became more holes.
At the end of the day, we created more holes than we fixed. Heh.
But 'dad-in-law' didn't want to worry about those just yet. Initially, he didn't want to worry about the other spots of the deck at all. When we were discussing what to do, and where to resurface, he flat out told the group that, if they went with my plan, he wasn't going to help at all.
My plan was to tear out half the deck, which was rotted or close to being completely rotted, and have 5 more feet of lawn. It would be more work and more time, but less money to spend on wood, stain, sanding etc.
He complained that was too much work, and "those parts of the deck will be good for another 4 or 5 years. The house will be sold by then, so it won't be our problem."
Wow, really? That's kind of messed up. I always believed that anything worth doing is worth doing right, but hey... you're the father-figure...
Oh, and even more messed up, because you know my girlfriend and I are the ones who are thinking of buying it...
|In my plan, the deck would end at the awning.|
Only one problem...
At the end of the day, we spent about $160 to fix one spot and ruin 4 others. This doesn't include the time and stress that went into the project. Heh...
Remember that desk I'm going to build for my girlfriend? I was planning on asking him for assistance, so I had an extra pair of hands on the project. After this weekend, that's not gonna happen.