We removed all of the old stuff, which will be taken to the dump on Monday. The only wrinkle we ran into was that Brian had to replace the pipe that goes to our outside spigot and we had to run to the hardware store for a part. All of the wood underneath the deck was sound, so that made the day easier. We did get about a third of the deck down this afternoon. Jake was a huge help, so much so that I mostly stood around and fetched things.
It's not as simple as putting the rest of the deck down, though. Under the porch, there's a stairwell that goes to the basement, so we need to figure out a trap door for that. We kind of have an idea what we're going to do, but don't have all of the details hammered out yet. Then there's the railing to do, which seems like it should be pretty easy, but who knows?
Our old railing went into brick columns so there are some holes that need to be filled and there's some painting to do, but that stuff will likely have to wait till spring.