First tools of the day.
Great day to get some work done.
Started laying the deck joists.
Having the two sill logs to rest them on I didn't have to attach any hangers anywhere.
First thing to do was make sure both ends of the deck were level, both front and back.
You can see yellow level string attached at both ends.
As I worked north I had to notch a little out of the sill log to keep the joists level.
Most of the notches I did with an axe, chisel and hammer.
I only ended up having to do this on two notches.
It made a very neat and tight notch.
You can also see here that the logs are pretty straight along the front.
Which meant the back log on the west wall had very little bow in it even after a hundred and fifty years.
With the joists both level and straight this didn't prove to be too hard and gave it a nice finished look.
I used treated lumber for the first four rows that may get some weather, but used untreated for the rest.
This decking now in place will also make it easier to raise the logs above the deck.
While on one of my breaks I came across the wonderful mushroom.
It had appeared here last year, and two weeks ago I was afraid it would not come back.
But by this weekend it had, and all this grew in two weeks.
Only had to make one 'V' notch and that was on the lower notch.