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A Little "Bit" of Luck

The DIY bug of summer finally got me.

This was one of the jobs.

The wooden deck area at the rear of the cottage had got a bit "tired" looking with Isla skidding and braking on it. The NZ sun fades stuff quickly too. It was time for the Annual Painting of The Deck.

Before that was to happen, the deck needed repairing and tidying. So, I got out all my tools (one hammer, a drill, some screws and a nail-punch) and started. You basically start at one end and just keep going hammering down all the nail-heads standing proud. 

Would that the job were that simple.


As it is an old deck and given that it was part of a total "quickie" renovation job before I bought the property, the compromises made before showed up.

I had to deal with warped boards, half-width joists and so on.

I used screws on the warpiest ends so that the wood was tightly connected to its bearer. This meant drilling through tight old wood with my basic old drill.


I lost one drill bit ( a 4.5mm) because it broke.

I h…