I've been drilling holes, hammering in bolts, tightening bolts, measuring, driving screws, you name it. I'm pretty much a pro now.
I have loved working with my dad and mom on this project. We are building the deck ourselves, and it's been a blast. The weather has been beautiful and I just love to spend my days outside.
There is definitely a learning curve to this business. I can't even say how many silly deck screws I stripped. I can screw in a normal one just fine, but these babies, that's a different story. You have to hold the drill just so, perfectly straight with the screw, put just the right amount of weight on it....yeah, that was a little tricky. But, I mastered it and was so proud of myself, when by the second day I hardly stripped any. My mom got the hang of it too. It's okay that we were incompetent for a while; we laughed so hard at our ridiculous mistakes. But, soon enough we went from being Tweedle Dee and Tweedle DUMB to experts. We should go into business. HAH.
Anyway, I am pretty excited about it. It's ginormous and I can just picture us spending our evenings out here, watching the sun set and enjoying our time together. I can also picture myself shoveling a lot of snow. That won't be so bad; our new house is practically in the banana belt compared to where I have grown up and live now. Plus, it adds more definition to my already manly arms. (Carrying a 29 lb toddler will do that to you.)
Watch and learn, just watch and learn. I have learned a bunch, and like I mentioned, have absolutely loved the extra time with my dad. He is a genious. I seriously have no clue how he knows so much about everything. This isn't even the "my dad is better than your dad" thing(which he is), it's actually true. I really think he knows just about everything, about everything.