Illustration for article titled I built a thing (with a lot of help)

My friends and I have been talking about building this deck on their house for several years. They’ve helped out a bunch on our house whenever we needed extra help, so it feels nice to be able to repay that labor. I haven’t worked on a deck in years, and this is the first one I’ve ever built where I was in charge. I’m proud of the results.

It’s been hot as balls, I’m badly sunburned on my upper arms, and it rained on us multiple times, but dagnabit we got that sumbitch done! The friend I built it with (his house) is a lot of fun to work with. He has no carpentry training, but he’s good with tools and asks good questions, and he picks things up quickly.


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