Porch Project #3: day 3....

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 04-26-2019 03:15 PM 499 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: blocking, short post, flooring started... Part 3 of Porch Project series Part 4: Dodging raindrops »

had to add a nailer near the downspout box-out, to support a floor board or two, first. Then notch the end of the next plank to go in…cut to length first, lay out the notch…..circular saw to cut what I could, sabre saw to make a plunge cut, across the notch….handsaw to clean up the cuts…

Some Disston D-8? nah, this is more suited for working wet, treated Pine..

Stanley Sharktooth. Tap-con the far end downthen work towards the outside…then a few more planks…had to notch one plank, to fit around the downspout…then a couple shorter planks…

had to use that clamp to hold the outside ends flat, and tight…tap-cons first back at the doorway…needed a crowbar to push the last plank into place. Each plank was trimmed for length first…getting a bit crowded to use the saws, once the planks were down…floor/deck is done!.....

Dug around in the wood pile, looking for that 2×12 to make stringers from…..buried under spindle bundles, of course…got this wet, heavy plank up onto the sawhorses by meself….whew…

Got set up, grabbed the stringer layout plan from the house, and started to cut the first stringer…

Got this all cut out, take it over to the deck…...not….even…..close…grrrr…Cut the bottom tread off, trim the top one down a bit, second test fit?

A little better….took it back to the sawhorses, lowered the bottom and middle tread heights…then the rain came through….took a break, until the rain passed through…..came back out, and cut the other two stringers to match…added a scrap decking board across the back to attach the stringers to the deck….

Ordered treads premade….was short a couple, needed wider treads (for BIG feet) than what the store-bought ones had ( they were cut for risers) so, some 2×8s were cut and ripped and screwed to the stairs…

Was getting too dark to do too much more, back and knees had had enough…..about 6 hours of work, not counting the hour or two for the rain to pass through…..sitting down made things worse. Was taking almost 5 minutes to go from sitting in the computer chair to standing up and walking ( stumbling?)

Next up? Railings need done….next time…
Stay tuned…

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#1 posted 04-26-2019 04:09 PM

Surprised at your progress despite the rains in our area.

-- socrbent Ohio

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#2 posted 07-21-2020 01:53 PM

Speaking about store-bought stringers, did you find that the bottom riser is shorter than the others? I had to account for that when trimming off the bottom of the stringer for tread thickness. Also, I see you have shimmed underneath the stringers, assuming to level them up. What about trimming off the appropriate amount from each stringer to eliminate the need for a shim? It may mean having to beef up the top of the runs under the treads, but it would be covered by the riser and unseen. Thoughts?

I am also in Ohio(NE). Rain wasn’t as bad as working in a furnace this past weekend.

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