It may be Monday, but I’m going to share our most recent barn project AND give you a shot to win an amazing new Autosense drill from BLACK+DECKER!
So … BEST. MONDAY. EVER!
Am I right?
I could jibber and jabber about our new deck and how fabulous it is (and I will). But I was never very good at surprises. So, here’s our awesome new deck.
Geez, Louise. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so lovely in my life. A special thanks to my dad, Ryan, and the new BLACK+DECKER Autosense Drill for all this pretty.
Finishing the railing on our massive barn deck was near the top of our to-do list. It’s pretty high off the ground and our property is WINDY, making the space pretty much unusable without a railing. Unless you want to fall two stories.
And I don’t.
But our barn to-do list is about a mile long. And Ryan and I knew that this would be a big, long, ugly project to complete. (We could expect many a “garden incident.”)
Thank goodness for Papa Bear.
My dad saved the day and built all of the railings for the massive deck and stairs. This was a major undertaking, because we wanted to use the 2x4s we already had (Ryan bought 500-2x4s on Craigslist for a song). But this meant that my dad had to rip all the boards and assemble each railing one by one.
I’ll share more about our painting and staining process later this week, but I just couldn’t wait to share the final results. (Bad blogger.)
After the building and painting and staining, my dad and Ryan installed railings in a day. I was not anywhere near the barn at the time. (Which is probably enough of a help in itself.) But I did manage to make it back to photograph the final few screws going in. With that cutie – the BLACK+DECKER 20V MAX Lithium Cordless Drill/Driver with AutoSense Technology.
Ryan was pleased to have someone photographing his work. He loves the wiferazzi. Especially when she tells him to “SLOW DOWN ALREADY.” Or when she says, “STOP! I’M TRYING TO GET A GOOD SHOT OF THE DRILL AND RAILINGS.” He loves when I give him photographic direction.
Since the railings were already assembled, he was only attaching the rails to the cedar posts. He did this at an angle, which is a common way to make the right-angle connection. First he drilled a pilot hole with a drill bit – starting straight and then turning to an angle to hit the post when he got the hole started. To finish the job, he used 3-inch deck screws straight into the post. (He calls this toe-screwing, which sort of sounds dirty to me. I’m practically a teenage boy.)
The drill is designed to prevent clutching out, over-torqueing, and the damage that comes with it. Every little bit of help is appreciaated with a project this big. There are a lot of railings.
Did you see the rad gate my dad built? It is perfect to corral the tiny terrorist who lives with us.
And now I feel comfortable hanging out on the deck with my 2-year-old.
I have tons more projects on the horizon to shoot this space with an extra dose of fabulous.
Oh, and if you are wanting an extra shot of fabulous, too …
IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!
This giveaway has ended and winner has been notified.
The folks at BLACK+DECKER were kind enough to send me an extra drill to give to one of you. If you are anything like us, you’ll really like it. And it may even give you the confidence to use a drill for the first time. (Case in point: ME. Practicing on a scrap piece of wood because I was too scared to try it for real.)
I did well enough that I have a couple of my own building projects on the horizon. Stay tuned.
To win your own BLACK+DECKER Autosense drill, check out the smart features of the drill here and then leave a comment below sharing your favorite feature and how it would make your DIY projects easier! (This giveaway has ended and the winner has been notified.)
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