We were planning a day out last week and while I waited for my wife to get ready I decided to sweep off the deck. The fir bud covers have been raining down from the trees for a few days now and the deck is absolutely covered in them.
It was probably a good thing I did, because I noticed some sawdust. Now I know I haven’t been doing any work, so who was?
Dang. Sure enough several small round holes in a deck post. I guess it is now my turn to do some carpentry.
Tearing off all the cedar cladding I find what I am now expecting. Something has decided to use my house as their’s. Not sure what it was, as there were no visible critters still there. Ants or beetles most likely.
Unfortunately they did manage to chew up about 20% of the base of the post. I figured the best solution was to replace the entire thing.
It’s complete now. Used pressure treated 2×6’s instead of the spruce that was there. Also added some water proofing membrane to the beam and the first foot of the post, then 18” of tin flashing, then building papered the rest of the post, Overkill probably but it shouldn’t get wet.
I suppose this it the trade off to living here. It has nicer winters than the prairies but back there no one ever tried to eat my house!