Progress update

Back at the beginning of May I shared with you all my slow progress in building a deck outside our dining room for Mrsdave. My excuse of it being too wet to pour concrete finally ran out so I invested in some cement and poured the footings a few weeks ago.

Of course pouring the footings was easy, laying bricks on them, not so much. Luckily I was saved from the humiliation of having to show off my complete and utter inability to lay bricks to a level height by a friend who knew a bloke, who had a brother who did odd jobs.

One hundred and twenty bucks later, and I now have 9 piles of bricks, all level and waiting for me to show off my crappy woodworking skills.


Anyone want to place bets on a completion date for this project?

Update: If you want to place bets, it’s only fair that I disclose that the only reason I got around to pouring the footings is that the next door neighbour was having some concreting done and the contractor had some con mix leftover.

Home Improvement

Mrsdave has been suggesting for quite some time now that our lives and home would be enriched if there was a deck built outside the sliding door in our dining room. I, like any husband dealing with an idea of his wife’s, have been voicing my agreement while avoiding actually beginning this project for months now. Unfortunately my plans came unstuck a few weeks ago when my friend, Mick the Bastard, mentioned that he had a month off work coming up and that we should get the deck done as he was looking for a project.

So grudgingly I ordered a whole stack of timber to be delivered, cursed the fact that the trade bastards still seem to think it’s ok to quote prices ex-GST, started reading booklets about decks, and began sketching out plans. Thankfully before I could do too much work the weather intervened and left me with a Dale Kerrigan moment.


“I’ve dug another hole. It’s filling up with water.