A couple weekends ago, I started replacing the boards on our deck. I showed you a video. Some of you were afraid.
I finished the sawing part tonight.
We’re a long way from done. The deck requires somewhere around 950 screws. I have driven somewhere less than 400 so far.
As I was starting that process tonight, drilling pilot holes and putting in screws, I realized that I’m past the challenging part of the project and now into the difficult part.
The cutting is challenging. For a perfectionist, it is very frustrating to have edges that curve slightly, that are one-sixteenth of an inch off, that are not perfect. However, that part of the work is very rewarding. It shows great progress. A piece of real estate 19 feet wide by 16 feet deep is now completely changed.
However, all 950 screws have to installed.
Mark. Drill. Place screw. Drive.
And there are no gaps, no dangerous holes, no splinters. For the first time in a couple years, the deck is a safe place to walk.
But it isn’t done until the details are finished.
I will find plenty of excuses as the light fails and the weather gets cold. But somehow, I will get it done.
And you? You will hold me accountable.
As you look in the mirror.