Deckkeeper Tie Downs

My deck is raised off the ground by about 4 feet and there is an above ground pool built into the deck.  Every spring and every fall, I struggle to close the pool. The big headache is securing a tarp to cover the pool.

When I had pressure treated decking, I would just screw some hooks into the decking and use some bungee cords to secure the tarp.  I recently replaced the pressure treated boards with composite decking. There is no way I’m going to drill holes into my beautiful boards!

So, I’ve struggled with securing the tarp.  I attached bungies to the railing, I secured it through the boards under the deck, you name it.  All of these solutions took time, effort and were simply not easy.  I had to find a better way!

I heard about these DeckKeeper Tie Down devices from Ask This Old House a few years ago.  They slip between the boards, include bungee cords to attachment and protect the surface of the deck.   I bought them from Amazon and closed the pool this fall using them.  What a difference!  I secured the tarp in the a few minutes, I didn’t have to crawl under the deck.  At only $20 for 4, not a bad deal.

Link to the Peppermill Home — The Manufacturer


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Conshohocken Soap Box Derby, July 2006

Kim and I make an annual appearance at the Conshohocken Soap Box Derby, this year was no exception. We were also joined by my parents who braved the heat to see some kids race down Fayette Street. They didn’t last long and ended up back at my house in the air conditioning.

But, Kim and I lasted a couple of hours and got some great pictures.
Conshohocken Soap Box Derby racer

Schuylkill River Flooding – Conshohocken, PA

The heavy rains in the area flooded the Schuylkill River. I only live about 4 blocks from the river and decided to check out the status. The river is easily 10-20 feet above the normal level. It was really an incredible site. The SEPTA tracks were flooded over and they evacuated the office buildings in West Conshohocken and cut the power to prevent damage.

Check out the carnage!
West Conshohocken Office Building under water