OK, maybe not. Yes, the Wire is one of our favorite TV shows, but yesterday we got well acquainted with wire of another kind.
Early on in our home building process, we decided that our numerous decks (4 to be exact) should all have wire railings. We love the simplicity and modern look that it can give to any type of deck, like this example from cablerail.
Yesterday, the first of the decks was scheduled to be installed, by us, with help from Catherine’s parents. First, we had to thread the wire railing through our aluminum decks. Many thread-throughs would be easy, but the 90 degree bend at each corner of the deck proved to be rather difficult.
After several minutes of head scratching and puzzling over how to get a flexible wire to bend inside an enclosed, dark post, Catherine came up with a small copper wire that could be bent and re-bent as necessary, we could tape the copper wire to the wire railing and thread it through. Got that?
No problem, right? Little do you know that we’re going to make millions by marketing this dandy tool to homeowners everywhere. I think we should call it “C&M’s Stringer Bell Wire Stringer” look for it at Lowe’s soon.
The Dadtractor had the idea that four people could put the first deck (off of the craft room) up—they were made out of aluminum after all, very light! After pulling the deck out into our driveway and attaching ropes to it, Catherine and I were in charge with lifting the deck as Dadtractor and Momager (Mom+manager) tried to move it to the correct spot to bolt it down. Needless to say it was dark (430 pm, Seattle, January) and fairly cold. I wish we had pictures, but everyone was to busy trying to be part of this whole process to take any.
Our attempt failed, realizing we needed the entire University of Texas Offensive Line to lift it. Momager effectively summed up the attempt by saying “This isn’t going to work, and you’re going to kill me.”
The Wire, it turns out, is not all that different from our wire.