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Phew...Hot and Heavy
- Published on Wednesday, 24 August 2011
Authors:Phew....it started out as a very pleasant day and then rapidly developed into a stifling hot afternoon.
Picked up the 2X8's and joist hangers today at Home Depot. We had enough 2X12 already in our stash to complete today's task and I really didn't want to deal with buying more 2X12's today. It's a real pain to move around those heavy...
Hanging Window Box with Brackets
- Published on Tuesday, 23 August 2011
Authors:We started the day by hanging a small window box and matching brackets on the first floor powder room window. I made myself busy scraping paint off the shingles while R rounded up tools. More on where I purchased the window box at the end of this post.
First we hung the window box. We removed one layer of shingles under the window so...
Windows Out-Shingles Up
- Published on Monday, 22 August 2011
Authors:The large picture window with two side casement windows on the back of the house are long gone. These windows were not original to the house so there is no need to be shocked at the removal of a window or two. They were replacement windows made by Anderson and they were in horrible condition on top of the fact that they were ugly.Not...
6 Screws Short of a Completed Staircase
- Published on Saturday, 13 August 2011
Authors:The kitchen deck steps are done except for the final 6 screws. I just bought a box of 3 inch deck screws but I underestimated the number of screws we would need. I was tempted to purchase the large box but I thought the smaller size would cover our needs. NOT!
We ran out of 3 inch deck screws while installing the final tread. You...
Stringers, Risers, Treads, and a Nose Job
- Published on Friday, 12 August 2011
Authors:I'm pretty sure my foot is broken. It is swollen but oddly it doesn't hurt. We will get the official verdict on Tuesday but my money is on broken foot. It will go nicely with the broken elbow that I got falling out of an SUV when my high heel slide off the running board that was covered in ice. I didn't go to the doctor until months...
Stringers and Nose Repair
- Published on Thursday, 11 August 2011
Authors:We didn't make very good progress today despite the perfect weather for working. We cut the 3 stringers for the kitchen steps but R needed to spend more time on the fiberglass repair for G's sprint car nose.
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we can finish them tomorrow. If we do not get them done tomorrow, it will be Saturday before...
One Set of Steps Done, One Set To Go
- Published on Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Authors:We finished the back set of deck steps two days ago. We like how the steps feel when you walk up and down them. They are wide and shallow but not too shallow. They are also very sturdy. We over sized everything and used 3 inch screws.
Today we plan to install the stringers for the second set of steps by the kitchen door. But as with...
- Published on Saturday, 06 August 2011
Authors:We are nothing but dedicated OR stupid...I am not sure.
Today in an attempt to get something accomplished, we worked in the rain. Mind you, it was a light rain but wet none the less. We quit when we got to the point where we needed to use electricity.
Since the steps are on a slight incline we needed to make area where the stringers land...
Update on Deck and Flip Flops
- Published on Saturday, 06 August 2011
Authors:We have been busy with the prep work for the two sets of steps that we need to build for the deck rehab.
The side walk and old concrete have been removed. That was a thankless job. Little to show but a lot of work none the less. There was a casualty.....I blew out my L.L. Bean flip flop. The toe thingy broke. I was heart broken. I...
Now it's on to the steps
- Published on Saturday, 30 July 2011
Authors:We installed our last short joist today. The deck is aaaaaaaaalot sturdier. We are pleased.Next step in the rejuvenation of the deck is the two sets of steps. But first is concrete removal.
This walkway was poured in two layers. The first layer was concrete with a lot of aggregate. The second or top layer is just cement with the large...