ΔΣΦ, ΓΔ Chapter, Deck Removal Summary – June 26-28, 2009

 

Delta Sigma Phi alumni and students recently removed the upper wooden deck at the back of the chapter house.  In addition to removing the upper deck, the team also relocated the entire upper railing to the lower deck area, bringing the lower deck into complience with current deck-residential related building codes.

 

The upper deck was removed due to the deteriorating condition of the nine support posts, which posed a danger.

 

At the same time, a contractor has removed the sliding glass doors in the chapter house living room, and will replace with windows, resulting in the room brought back to its original configuration, including the siding on the outside of the living room.

 

The team also removed one small stairway, replacing it with a reinforced railing. This stairway once ran from the parking lot up to the upper deck.

 

BEFORE – Upper Deck shown at back of chapter house

 

AFTER – Upper deck removed, railing moved to lower deck, stairway removed.

                                     

In addtion to the deck modifications, the team removed a dead tree from the front yard of the chapter house.  The tree removal team is shown, below, standing on the stump.

 

                  

 

From left:  Ed Mahar (76), Ken Ahlstom (71), Eric Blackburn, James McIntosh, Kevin Keller, Jim Wilson (75), Will Fiegel, Tim Nihoul (69) and Thomas James (70). Not pictured Evan Cornelison.

 

How we removed the Deck – a summary

 

The upper decking was unscrewed, but many of the deck screws balked at removal, being either stripped or broken, which required the team to work from atop and from below to pry and force up the reluctant fasteners.

                           

                            TJ (Thomas James) and Ken (Lurch) Ahlstrom underneath, Tim Nihoul and Evan Cornelison on top deck.

 

Students pitched in and the railing and deck removal was completed ahead of schedule.

                 

                   Tim Nihoul and Evan Cornelison pry up reluctant decking and deck screws

 

The team cut off the five 6x6 support posts at 48 inches, first pulling the posts into the yard, then repeating the same process with the four 4x4 inner support posts,  which also helped loosen and release the ledger board from the side of the house.  The fittings holding the joists to the posts were first cut prior to the team pulling over the intact sections.  This left some of the joists hanging.  The upper stairway was then pryed off and helped with the demolition. 

 

                  From the left: Jim Wilson, Tim Nihoul and TJ after their “Stihl” efforts to safely bring down the inner posts.

 

 

The joists were then removed.  The bracing atop the support posts was removed once the post tops and beams were laying in the yard.  The ledger board, seen still attached to the house in the picture, below, was also removed. With the upper deck now removed the team began to install the railings, which fit onto the lower deck and only required a small amount of new construction.  Some of the posts were later removed, while others were cut-off at 42 inches and integrated into the railing stringers to provide additional support and safety.

 

                  from left:  James McIntosh, Evan Cornelison, TJ,  Jim Wilson and Tim Nihoul.

 

 

The team reused most of the railing 2x2’s plus bolted the railing to many of the short support posts that are under the lower deck.  The side railings are still to be added in this photo, below.

 

                             

 

 

A few former joists were incorporated as a base board for the new railing, on parts of the lower deck.  Railing sections were bolted to corner posts and additional vertical rails added.       

 

                                     Jim Wilson and TJ attaching final large rail section. Not pictured Ed Mahar.

 

 

A few small segments of railing were built to connect together all the sections from the upper railing.  Two dozen new rail posts were also used during the construction.  The picture, below, shows the completed deck rail and the new rail which replaced the stairs up to the deck, plus shows some of the detail work done to connect the two former rail sections.

 

                                    

 

 

Future plans include adding 2-3 steps up to the deck near the basketball court and to replace the one remaining wooden stairway, from the parking lot down to the basketball court, with two new wooden stairways and railings, from the landing near the parking lot down to both the lower deck and toward the basketball court.



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