A new way out or in ( The Porch)

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Project by Gar posted 12-24-2009 05:54 AM 1563 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We were going to have the house apraised to refinance. We pulled up the shrub’s out front. When we did that you could realy see that the old cement porch that had been there from 1000000 bc had sunk. Well to get the best apraisal we had to do something. Cathy said “Fix it.” And being a good hand I did what the boss ordered. It seems that I can’t do things just a llittle. We have the skill we have the tools we have the technology so we can do it like we want. I got on sketch up and did the plans (things that work on a computer do not always work in real life read on and you will hear all about that.) This is not the New Yankee Work Shop. Things don’t always go right for me. So with plans in hand I set to work. My freind Lee Came over and helped set post and frame it out. We did good the first few days. We figured in a day or two we would be done NOT. Lee could not help because of work so it was just me then. Well I can’t say that Chuck made the mistake of coming by when I was doing the steps and I put him to work. He helped me do the steps on the end. From time to time Lee would stop by and help as he could. When I got down to the hand rails it was a one man job with the millwork. So I did the rail on the end thats done good. Did the rails to the angle steps thats done good. Then I did the rails from the end steps to the angle over to the angle steps thats done good. Then I tried to do the short rail over to the angle steps and disaster. These two post the one from the rail I had just done and the one on the angle steps were in perfect alignment o.k. good. But this set the post to the steps corner going down. O.K. the computer told what angels for my bird mouth cut no problem. Now the hard part to cut a bird mouth with two compound angles that are different. I tried ever trick I know no luck. Tried all my tools power miter saw, table saw, band saw, radial arm saw and hand saw can’t be done. Oh, you can do it on a computer but not in real life. What to do now? After a week of trying useing up every bit of scrap wood I pulled the post up and turned it. Then the bird mouth was just a bird mouth not a compound cut. If I had done this to start with I would have been done a week earlier. My advice to all is don’t belive every thing you see on a computer. Well let me know what you all think.

-- GAR

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#1 posted 12-24-2009 11:23 AM

that is a wonderful porch

a job well done
as is always the case you dont even get to clean up before the christmas lights come out LOL

merry christmas


-- Happiness is a way of travel , not a destination (Roy Goodman)

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#3 posted 12-24-2009 06:15 PM

I empathize with you struggles. Went through the same thing 8 years ago when replacing the front porch on my 109-year old house. I picked the worst week of the summer that year and every day the temperatures were over 100 degrees. But I finally finished it and all turned out fine.

Your work is excellent. You did a great job.

-- Richard

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#4 posted 12-24-2009 06:48 PM

That’s a nice project – well done. I have not yet done any big projects, but I can understand your frustration, brother!

Thanks too for the “sketchup” reference. I’ve not heard of this and have gone out to their web site and checked it out – neat!!

-- Harold

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#5 posted 12-26-2009 08:18 AM

that’s a nice deck. don’t trust computers, they are like kids…they lie.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#6 posted 12-31-2009 07:01 AM

If you are planning on selling the place you may want to fix those hand rails on the steps. The project looks great but by most codes you have to have returns on your top rails so they are not purse strap grabbers. (this also really upset aunt Betty when she comes to visit)

-- Karl

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