May 10, 2013 |
I was looking at my home's back steps, constructed of pressure-treated wood, and decided it was time for the annual get-rid-of-the-mildew-and-seal-them program. For some reason, they aren't looking as green as they were last year, so the job will be a snap. It has been a long time since I discussed deck cleaning in this space, probably because these few steps are all I have since we sold the house with the deck 12 years ago. But because the summer entertainment season is coming, it might be appropriate to run through deck-cleaning 101 before the arrival of hotter weather, when things dry too quickly or not at all. If you don't want to do the job yourself - especially if it has been a while since the last cleaning - there are companies that will do it for you. Go online or ask your friends and neighbors.
January 22, 1987 |
The Aldan Zoning Hearing Board is considering a request by Ralph D'Orazio to allow construction of a sun deck in the rear side yard of his home at 337 Laurel Ave. According to D'Orazio, the deck is to be used solely for the benefit of his wife, Martha, who three years ago suffered a stroke and has been confined to a wheelchair since. D'Orazio said his wife's doctor recommended that she spend time outdoors in the sun as part of her rehabilitation. D'Orazio was refused a building permit for the deck by the borough's building inspector in the fall because the structure did not conform to the borough's building setback requirements.
July 3, 1989 |
A second-floor deck gave way during a seaside party last night, sending dozens of people crashing to the ground and injuring at least 14, officials said. None of the reported injuries was life-threatening. The deck, measuring about 10 by 12 feet and attached to a 2 1/2-story duplex apartment building in the 5800 block of Central Avenue, was packed with 35 to 40 revelers at a Fourth of July weekend party when it fell about 10:15 p.m., according to Mayor Michael McHale, who went to the scene.
July 7, 1994 |
An announcers' deck, recently attached to the roof of a snack bar at a township baseball field, was supposed to make it easier for them to see the game. Unfortunately, one neighbor saw more than he wanted, mostly when the announcers were adjusting their pants. "I find it mandatory to complain about this eyesore," said Broomall resident Mark Lisberger, following up an earlier complaint at the Board of Commissioners' work session Tuesday night. The deck, overlooking the Lisberger family's back yard and kitchen, was recently attached to the snack bar of the Babe Ruth League baseball field on Stanfield Lane.
May 14, 1999 |
It's the place where you hang out with the newspaper on lazy summer mornings, entertain friends on the weekend, catch a few rays and grill burgers midweek. The deck. Outside playroom/living room/family room and kitchen. Home addition of choice for relaxed outdoor living. And now is the time to spruce it up. Or, if you don't have a deck yet, the time to build one. Decks not only add ease to spring and summer livin', they add value to your home. Roxanne and Fred Hansard moved into their Burlington, N.J., home last September.
June 16, 2013 |
NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Fla. - Investigators began examining a twisted pile of concrete, metal, and wood Friday to determine why a deck at a popular sports bar collapsed into shallow Biscayne Bay, injuring two dozen people gathered to cheer the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Authorities estimated that 100 people were on the deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill when a support on one end apparently gave way, causing the deck to buckle in the middle and drop about eight feet into the bay. The scene Friday was a tangle of partly submerged green plastic chairs, tables, umbrellas, and even flip-flops and cellphones lost in the chaos of the night before.
April 26, 1990 |
A wooden deck constructed without a building permit has left Robert L. Saxon of Radnor Township with another adventure in his do-it-yourself project. The Radnor Zoning Hearing Board voted 4-0 last Thursday to grant a variance and permit Saxon to keep his deck, built along the side of his home at 104 Morningside Circle, but the board imposed several challenging conditions. Saxon must lower the deck by 15 inches, reduce the width by about two feet and encase the supports in concrete.
October 5, 1989 |
When George Coley stepped on board the USS Salem on Saturday, the first thing that caught his eye was the heavy cruiser's teak deck. It wasn't as he remembered it 34 years before. "We would all line up and scrub the deck with our holy stones (a mop handle stuck inside a wooden block). Each seaman did a plank 150 strokes," recalled Coley, 55, of Folcroft. "We did it together and sang songs as we scrubbed back and forth. It was pure white and so clean you could eat off it. " Today, three decades after the 717-foot cruiser was decommissioned and placed in the mothball fleet at the Philadelphia Naval Base, the once- glistening deck has turned a weather-beaten, cracked and splintered smoky gray - in dire need of the holy stones to bring it back to battle-readiness.
July 2, 1987 |
For the second consecutive month, decks have been the main order of business before the Sharon Hill Planning Commission. The commission reviewed five deck plans at its meeting Tuesday night and recommended approval of three. The commission withheld action on two others pending clarification. A question concerning the chair's authority was raised by the Borough Council's liaison to the panel during its discussion of two of the plans it recommended for approval by the council.
September 9, 2002 |
Two guests attending a bachelor party in Delaware County died early yesterday after they fell about 10 feet from a wooden deck to concrete stairs below, Tinicum Township police said. About 1 a.m., a fight broke out among some of the 25 to 30 people at the party in the 400 block of Manhattan Street in Lester, police said. During the altercation, one of the deck's rails collapsed, pitching six or seven people down a staircase to the basement, police said. The victims were taken to area hospitals.