The previous walkway was two layers of asphalt pavement. I rented a pneumatic jack hammer that ran on 110v plug in. REAL easy to use and easily made short work of removing pavement. The best $55 spent on what would have been very labour intesive work. The pavement was removed to be replaced with a wooden walkway.
What started out as a simple front step replacement eventually turned into a complete overhaul of the front landscape of my neighbour’s home. The original concrete step remains. The frame was built over it, resting on it. The extension of the deck sits on deck concrete blocks.
A neighbor had a whole new kitchen installed and they had the foresight to disassemble the previous kitchen cabinets piece by piece. The old set was solid oak and was too good to waste. So they wanted cupboards in the laundry room. The pictures above are the result. The only piece of material I bought was a sheet of 3/4 oak plywood for the storage cabinet. Its amazing what can be done wha little bit of recycled lumber.
Well, by the time I was done this level my nerves were about shot! Between bad boards and just plain ol’ having a bad day and not to mention I forgot to install the 1/2 inch plywood banding around the perimeter **prior** to installing the decking. Oh well. I’ll have to figure something out.
I first installed a few upper and lower portions of the blocking and thought about how to cut the curves. I choose to use a reciprocating saw but not only was it a rough cut, my arms continued to shake after the saw was off! 🙂 I used 1/2 inch pressure treated plywood as a banding to cover up the blocking.