Lots accomplished. Sarah and the boys came yesterday and left tonight - fun to have some company:
They say it was only 66 for a high today, but as you can see from this picture it felt a LOT warmer than that. We didn't have shorts for the boys, so they made themselves comfortable. And as you can also see from this picture, our cable rail installation has begun. VERY simple. Here's what we're working with:
That's the cable (11 cables for each side of the deck), the self-tightening fasteners, washers and nuts, and decorative caps. Each cable has a bare end (which you insert through the fastener) and a threaded end (on which you fasten a nut):
Couldn't be easier. We actually screwed up and fastened one of the locking guys on too soon, and didn't have enough cable for the other end. We thought we were out of luck, but we called customer service anyway, and the very nice folks said a straw will usually release the locking teeth, and sure enough it did. I finished it up after everybody left, and here's a night vision picture of the almost final product (I still need to cut off all the excess cable):
I finished cutting and sanding and staining all the remaining cedar, so as long as the weather gods keep smiling on me I'll keep working outside and hopefully finish the deck railing and cable and the cedar panels tomorrow. The rest of the drywall (for the ceiling) is coming tomorrow, so that's next on the list...