Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Deck Rebuild and Other Winter Projects

Since October, the maintenance crew has been working on rebuilding the clubhouse deck -- on days the weather allowed, at least. At first we were only going to replace the decking but after inspecting the beams things escalated quickly into a complete rebuild. We are currently about 75% complete with the project and hope to have the deck open in April.

Here are some photos from the rebuild:

New triple 2 x 12 beams
New beams and rim joist
New frame asembled

New frame on the "wrap-around" portion

Joists covered with waterproof tape
New boards and taped joists
This deck railing jig made installing the spindles and building railing sections a snap:

Deck railing jig
Here you can see some railing installed. The finished product will have a 2"x6" cap on top.

Wrap-around section complete (except for railing cap)
We have received many questions about the wood. It isn't cedar, but it looks a little like it. It is actually pressure-treated southern yellow pine treated with a pigment to mask the usual green color of treated pine. It is often called cedar-tone in stores. The cedar boards from our original deck were rotting from the bottom up so I liked the idea of a board treated on top and bottom. It is a little more difficult to work with than cedar, more prone to warping and splitting, and a little knottier, but I think it will last longer in our situation here.

In addition to the deck, the crew also completed a lot of tree pruning and the usual equipment maintenance and reel grinding.  Here is a fairway mower reel being ground on the spin grinder:

On March 5th, we also aerified the greens with bayonet tines. This produces channels in turf to facilitate root growth and gas exchange as the greens dry out. After rolling the greens, the slits are barely noticeable and the greens can be putted on immediately. 

Here are the greens after one rolling. They will receive more rolling and mowing before they get much play. By that time, the little slits will be almost invisible but I have taken core samples of them two months later that show the slits full of new roots and still a viable channel for air and moisture.

After one rolling

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