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09-26-2011 03:44 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question deck outdoor space

Now that the leaves are falling and snow is probably around the corner here in Michigan, I’m already looking toward next year and my honey-do-list. Rather then a long explanation, and staving off any questions as to why I want to undertake such a project, I have only one thing to say – SWMBO. Although probably more difficult then moving the player piano back to the living room AFTER I had moved it downstairs, I know it can be done (I hope).

Here is a project I completed several years ago – an outdoor cooking area.

As you can see, it was almost finished and the revelation came in the form of a question – “how hard would it be to raise the cooking pit to the level of the deck?” Thus , no doors. I’ve sat on this for several years now, contemplating my next move.

As you can see, I framed it with steel 2×4s, screwed down to the decking. The rest of the counter was built as I would have if it were indoor – two sheets of 3/4” ply with Hardiebacker on the counter top. The bricks are attached to meshing and 3/4” plywood. It was built in place – next time I’ll take EVERY possible situation into account prior to building it.

Anyway, I’ve thought of three possibilities:

1. Frame it with wood and lift it up with a forklift or tractor.

2. Dismantle into pieces that would be reassembled once the deck is raised.

3. Admit that I was stupid in the first place and trash everything. Build a bigger and better one.

What do you think? Is there something I missed, or am I limited to just three possibilities?

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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09-26-2011 03:54 AM

Nice looking job.

-- Dale J. Struhar Sr.

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Dan Lyke

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09-26-2011 10:23 PM

If all you need is about 8” or so (to make the top of the counter flush with the deck), a couple of fairly cheap hydraulic jacks would have a heck of a lot more lifting power than a forklift, and would probably be easier to get into place. Might cost less thank forklift rental too.

Other option, if you want to take the base up to the level of the upper deck would be to build an A-frame with 2×4s or 2×6s and use a pair of come-alongs or cabled block & tackles to lift it. Once you get it to height you can put it on some sawhorses, shim it to the right place, then build the supports under it and knock the shims and saw horses out.

The come-along which system would also let you do some minor location adjustment.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California, http://www.flutterby.net/

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09-28-2011 02:43 AM

Dan – thanks for the suggestions. I should have been specific on the location. You were correct in your second suggestion – I will be moving this to within one step of the upper deck. Fortunately I live where I could keep it suspended on come-alongs without fear of anyone doing anything. Thanks for the suggestion.

-- No matter how many times I measure, I always forget the dimensions before I cut.

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