The Deck Diet. Oh It’s A Thing? Kinda, Okay, Is It Just Me?

Very close to done

It’s that time of year when I start to look at myself in the mirror and think. Well, you slob, you have let yourself go. I used to blame my eating, and sitting in my chair too much. But over the past year I have noticed something very interesting. The Railway despite one of the more dangerous environments I play in, has saved me. As in I physically feel better after a day of feeling miserable lifting and moving stuff.

Wayne getting ready for another workout

How it looks from the water. The area over the rail Motor is a removable hatch

In a very weird way, it’s a new morning workout. Lifting 6×6’s and moving gravel and boats around makes me feel alive. AND is a bazillion times more rewarding than the misery of a treadmill.

All coming together

Working out the rails on the steps was a brain stumper. All the angles and different widths of cuts can bring you to your knees

The “Leaning Power Pole Of Reedville is still there as a monument to creosote!

Gotta say, for the first time, I thought..mmm, maybe should have payed more attention in Geometry class.

13 replies
  1. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    I wouldn’t worry about getting lazy or soft Matt. All of the things you get done! Looks good.

  2. Rabbit
    Rabbit says:

    Ready to tackle that pole now? And, really, it’s worth staining that deck after the treated lumber is dry. If you maintain a woody you can throw a new coat of stain on every few years. The physical work will save you.

  3. floyd r turbo
    floyd r turbo says:

    There’s nothing like carrying wet 6×6;s down to the water from their drop point in 15 degree weather. Then setting them in the lake bed when the water is down with wind 20-30 mph, Then climbing up 150 yards up hill to pick up 15 more. At 66+ there should be a law against this. To coin a phrase, “we need more young people in this…” Apparently, they’re all in their grandmother’s basement collecting a gov’mint check cause they ain’t workin’. BTW, the deck looks awesome, well done.

  4. John Rothert
    John Rothert says:

    Yes Matt, you are living my life now…enjoy it …. satisfying….

    How many days? Troy is on the road!

    John in Va

  5. tom
    tom says:

    Nothing more rewarding than physical labor that accomplishes something like the projects you have taken on here. Especially when it saves a fortune in someone else’s labor. Framing and deck work is great for the brain and the body.

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