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under-deck ceiling, dinner out, lumber customer service, charity gifts, two footnotes - Rounding up the Usual Suspects
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under-deck ceiling, dinner out, lumber customer service, charity gifts, two footnotes

I worked on the under-deck ceiling project some more today. For the last two pairs of cedar supports, I tried a different way to attach the first panels of corrugated metal. With the boards lying on the floor under the deck, I put in the first screw into the boards, then hung the supports. I did that on the fourth pair of supports, then the third, so now all of the supports are in place with one metal panel each.

On the second section, I was fitting the second panel to the first, and the right spacer cracked, so I re-did it. Then I attached the second and third panels to the supports without any problems. So now there are two sections finished (except for the edge boards), and the other two have the difficult first panels in place.

Note to self: insert photo from phone.

In the evening, "J" and I and "T" went to dinner, then out to do some shopping.

T and I went to a Home Depot* store to bet more cedar for the ends of the under-deck ceiling. They've been out of stock on eight foot (244 cm) 5/4×4† fence and deck cedar for about a week and a half, even though their inventory said they have over a hundred units. I asked an employee, and he marked down four pieces of ten foot (205 cm) 5/4 to the eight foot price, and offered to cut it down to eight feet. I declined the cutting, since I can probably find a use for the two-foot scraps, but the offer was a bonus after the ten foot substitution.

I also picked up a couple of baggies of #6 washers. There's some kind of system to explain what the "#6" means. My hope is that it means they'll fit the #6 wood screws I'm using for part of the project. I don't really know what the "#6" measure of the screws means either, except that they're fairly slender.

While T I were buying the lumber, J went to another store to buy some gifts for a charity gift drive. I haven't peeked into the shopping bags, but I'm sure she found nice things.

* I don't mention brands much, but the people there deserve a customer service pat on the backs.

† Lumber is generally sold on the basis of its dimensions before it's milled for sale. The "5/4" means the board started out 5/4 inch (about 32 mm) thick, but milling reduced it to about one inch (about 25 mm) and the "4" means it started about four inches (about 10 cm) wide, but as milled it's about 3½ inches (8.9 cm). The lengths are measured pretty accurately, however.

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