We have this area that we’ve tried again and again to grow grass but it’s under some heavy shade which I love but grass seed can’t get enough sun to grow. Not to mention that when it rains the seeds wash away. So I’ve decided to cover the area with a pallet deck. This will event our outdoor entertainment area another 120 sq foot and block the mud from washing over onto the concrete patio.
I still have more dirt to remove but started working on something different. Tonight I started building the floor joist and set them 24 inches apart just to see what it will look like.
Next I need to establish the frame and attach the joist. Then I’m ready to start laying the top.
June 17, 2015
I had to take a bit of a break from the pallet deck due to the rain. After removing about 60 cubic feet of dirt from this area I laid a weed control plastic down and covered it with a thin layer of gravel to help manage water control. I’m glad to say that after many days of rain there wasn’t any mud on my back porch. So that’s at least a step in the right direction. It’s suppose to be dry over the next few days and I’m hoping to get it completed.
One thing that I’ve learn is that I needed more support. Originally I thought that I could place each truss 24″ apart. That wasn’t good enough. I’m also finding it a challenge trying to keep everything level. I image if I was using purchased wood it would be easier. I’ve used a string and level trying to nail and screw it all even but I’ve still had to add supports under the truss to build up the low spots.To help fit each slat evenly I’m taking it through my table saw to cut of the edges trying to get them all square. I know that store bought wood isn’t perfect but pallet wood can and usually does have several curves left and right and up and down. I learned a trick from Izzy Swan’s YouTube Channel about straightening pallet wood. Thanks Izzy. I think that I had almost every tool I owned in the back yard for this project and then it started to rain again so I shut it down and again hope to pick it back up again over the next few days.