Today I met with a new client to document the area in which I would be helping them – replacing their existing deck and the garden in the immediate vicinity. I followed the owner around on the deck as we noted what bad shape it is in. Then I found out just how bad the deck’s shape really is. My foot went through one of the 1 x 4 boards! So this evening I’m nursing a sore leg, tailbone, shoulder and neck. If you smell something like rotting wood when you step onto an old deck, don’t step on it with your feet in alignment with a board. Rather, step crosswise and try to step only where you will also be above a joist that is holding up the deck.