Derailing and Railing

We didn't get much done this week, because over last weekend one of Goldie's lumps -- all Labradors develop lumps, it just seems to be in the breed -- got very large and red, and so we took her to the vet, then to the canine oncologist, and then yesterday she had surgery to remove a mast cell tumour.

Goldie, after her mastectomy

So we've been a little distracted this week. She's doing OK, and after trying to do her normal stuff and discovering it hurt, she mostly spent the day sleeping on the kitchen floor. I gave her an ice pack and tucked it up on her incision, which really helped her calm down and rest.

Noel trimming railing sections to length

In the meantime, we got started on the railing installation. We'd measured one section already, so we rechecked those measurements and cut it to length with a hacksaw.

Prepping the cut ends

The ends get cleaned up and then painted with touch-up paint (we have a spray can of the stuff that Economy Lumber gave us).

Measuring for the brackets

The really, really fussy part was measuring to install the post brackets. It's a delicate balance between what code requires and what looks weird.

As soon as you get enough bits, fastener problems go away

We did have a minor problem with torx bits just breaking apart on the first couple of posts. What solved that was that I went to the store and got 20 new bits, at which point everything settled down. (Also, it helped to drill larger holes for the bracket screws.)

Partial railings

We got most of the straight railings done today -- a couple have to wait until the right attachments come in, since we did not get around to reordering those until yesterday. Tomorrow we can do some rakes.

posted by ayse on 09/08/12


Hope Goldie is feeling better.
The deck is looking great.

I'm so sorry to hear about Goldie! I love seeing her around in your pictures. I hope she feels better soon. And your deck... your deck is looking beyond gorgeous and it's not even finished yet. I guess that's the kind of end product you get when you take such elaborate care with every single detail. I'm in awe of you guys - good work!

Poor Goldie. I had a cat who got mast cell tumors for years.

Oh, poor Goldie, I hope she is feeling better soon.
The deck looks fantastic so far. Thanks for all the pictures, I'm really enjoying it coming together.

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