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Blog series by bandit571 updated 05-07-2019 02:19 PM 8 parts 2597 reads 13 comments total

Part 1: the plan..

04-25-2019 01:42 AM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

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 wante...

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Part 2: blocking, short post, flooring started...

04-25-2019 05:38 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

First task, besides a new computer monitor….was to add some blocking and short posts, and get the front two joists straighten out…. Got the middle joist straighter, then got the outside one straighter..by almost an inch….both were bowed in at the middle…Added a second set further down…joists are straight enough, now. First plank for the decking…was just cut to fit between the posts….didn’t feel like notching them…then added a few more...

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Part 3: day 3....

04-26-2019 03:15 PM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

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 p...

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Part 4: Dodging raindrops

04-27-2019 03:11 AM by bandit571 | 4 comments »

Rain moved through the area…was able to go out and get a bit done…not much, but maybe enough..walked out with a square and a pencil….had already used a spindle to mark the heights of each post….square was to carry the line around, to where I could cut it, AND see it… Some didn’t need a whole lot lopped off..others… now, there is no way I am holding the circular saw up and try to cut these lines…Dug out an old yard sale find.. case and a...

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Part 5: Friday's Follies...

04-27-2019 08:01 PM by bandit571 | 0 comments »

Once the rain moved out Friday…hauled the toys back out to the porch.. Still under cover of the little roof. Somehow got a bundle of spindle off the ground, and onto the sawhorses…had a scrap of 2×4 as a spacer…one screw at the top, one at the bottom….holding the top of the spindle even with the top of the top rail….got the front railing almost done.. Added a post for the stairs’ handrail…cut a 2×8 to length. Mitered one end for a &...

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Part 6: Steps need a railing

04-29-2019 01:22 PM by bandit571 | 3 comments »

Weather cleared off after lunch….lots of sunshine, and no rain…needed a coat, at first…soon had to get rid of it… Hauled some of the usual suspects outside….and something else, this time, around…..a Mitersaw, with a stand… Needed a way to make repeat angle cuts that all matched each other…brought out the smaller, cordless, model.. Stanley No. 2246A….Then, needed to find what angle I needed….brand new level, and a bevel gauge...

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Part 7: Finishing touches....gates, screendoor...

05-06-2019 01:52 AM by bandit571 | 1 comment »

Ok…decided the old screen door had to many issues to fix…and make it look right….Boss picked out a fancier, all vinyl version….my job was to install it….old door headed up to the curb… jamb on the latch side needed cleaned up..too many waves, and angles going on..had just the tools for the job.. Type 20 Stanley No.4c, from England…didn’t seem to mind the layers of paint…then the #78 leveled things out, back in the corners…yet n...

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Part 8: Back porch gets new steps

05-07-2019 02:19 PM by bandit571 | 2 comments »

Once I hauled all the toys, and lumber around back. Even had a trip to the Blue Borg….needed: a turnbuckle for the back gate a sparkplug for the mower a box of 3” screwsand..a pair of 2×4 x 8’ treated studs…straight as I could find in the stack. raked away more dirt, leveled some rocks….got the old step the “H” out of my way…idea was to build a box, tap-con it to the slab…add the outside of the box….more room for ...

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