Porch Project #1: the plan..

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-25-2019 01:42 AM 484 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
no previous part Part 1 of Porch Project series Part 2: blocking, short post, flooring started... »

been working all week on this thing, plans were drawn up last week…..Single Brain Cell Sketch Up..

The “existing” porch was tiny, and dangerous…

No railings, no hand rails, one step in 18”? decided to “add on” a bit, and add new railings, new steps with handrails suited to people with old, bad, knees….

Same view….new porch would also go across the existing concrete….tap-cons instead of screws. Across the front

I wanted a little extra. house has a bump out front window. Thought I could stop right where the bump out began..

Right about here. I figured I could box around the down spout…wanted to tap-con joists to the concrete porch, and build out from there…Took the paper plan to Lowes…had them put together a materials list…$835.00, counting hardware and trim. I get to cut the stair stringers myself…had to wait a while….some of the lumber wasn’t in the store, yet…finally, this past Monday ( Easter threw the schedule off a bit)...

Delivery truck shows up…seems to be all there…spent an hour unpacking the bundle, to get to the first items I needed to use…..2×8 joists, and 4×4 x 10 posts…..that I can cut in half for two railing posts….need ONE to start..

While waiting on Lowes to deliver the missing five 4×4 x 10s I cleared out the work areas, along the front,...

And the sides…old step tread was removed. Tired of waiting around…

Got the first joist in place. Cut to length, the cut-off was a stand-in for the missing post…still waiting…added the joist over the step, then hung the back joist from it..

Again a cut-off in place of the posts…..finally the posts arrive….cut a few, hang a few more joists..

Was then able to turn the next corner…Boss decided to supervise..

Build up a pair of posts, and a joist between them, attach to the wall where the deck ends..

Posts sitting on the ground? No, they are sitting on concrete pavers…or on the existing sidewalk. Figured I had enough fun for one day..and it is only Monday? part two will be about Tuesday’s Follies

Stay tuned…( hey, it still is woodworking, right?)

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 04-25-2019 10:47 AM

No wonder it took you all week, check this out,

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 04-25-2019 03:12 PM

Looks like a good plan and you’re off to a good start!

One thing I have done when posts sit on concrete is to slide a piece of asphalt shingle under the post. The idea is to reduce moisture wicking through the concrete into the post…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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