Shop Repair

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Blog entry by Blackie_ posted 03-28-2018 03:51 AM 1311 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Little did I know what was going on with a load bearing footer board that strung half the length of my shop located under the door entrance.

It was close to the end of November last year that I found the rot that had been taken place who knows how long, long enough to take out the whole complete top half 3” to 4” worth of the wood on a 2” x 6” x 12’ board. I was making changes to the steps when I noticed it and so glad I did. The whole top half of the footer was rotted away 9’ of it.

Once winter hit I wasn’t really able to make the repairs so I had the shop shut down the whole winter until I was able to make the repairs.

March rolled around and I was able to get out the and start making the repairs. I used two bottle jacks and cinder blocks to support the 9’ splice, while I was at it I went ahead and added more floor joist supports under the building as well. I had to cut out a section of the exterior wall as the bottom of it was rotted as well along with a section of the floor where the entry way was at. The old threshold was worn out and not keeping the rain water out, that and the fact that I had no awning over the door to keep the rain away.

The first set of pictures shows the before. All of the rot you see in the pictures was the top half of the 2×6.

The repair and completion pictures.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#1 posted 03-28-2018 05:02 AM


Looks like you have it taken care of. I’ve been dealing with a leaking roof that has dripped for some time down the drywall. Took down the 6 inch insulation and reflective plastic cover from the rafters where leak was most pronounced and even though it’s early spring we’ve had several recent snow dumps. Did the repair of rotted plywood in a pattern piece looking like a combination of MN and TX from a step ladder. Anyone ever chiseled spongy plywood?

Still have leaks but not down the wall and my floor is concrete.

Guess who’s putting on a new roof as soon as weather permits?

Ain’t it grand. Not laughing.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 03-28-2018 06:56 AM

Hello Blackie,
Pity tonian didnt appear when the work was being done I am sure you could have used an additional hand even if it was only providing various cups of herbal tea as you toiled away.

Looks like you identifed the problem the cause and set about to fix it all.

The repairs were conducted using the minimum of additional tools and the completed job included a fix to prevent a repeat.

I think a reward in the form of some liquid is in order.
Very well done!

All by courtesy of Murray Duke

-- Regards Rob

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 03-28-2018 11:18 PM

Good repair, Randy. Water can sure be destructive when a leak is not noticed. Time for an Ale!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 03-29-2018 09:57 PM

Blackie, I don’t know about you, but I hate repairing my own work. It always has way too many nails, screws, and glue. It is a fight. Glad you are back in the shop. Now get to work and crank out a couple of boxes.

-- Big Al in IN

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#5 posted 03-30-2018 03:08 AM

So True Alan, I’m currently working on three valet boxes as we speak. My store shelves are empty.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at

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#6 posted 03-30-2018 03:30 AM

Well done, back in production

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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