Repairing the Porch, Day Ten

Before the floor boards are screwed down, I need to get the railing support posts installed. Yesterday I tried to put in the posts. The learning curve for some of these things is so steep! There seem to be many different methods to putting railing posts on a porch. I decided to go with some metal brackets that are specifically designed for the job. The company even had detailed instructions with diagrams.

Because of all the research I was doing, and because I had to make a second trip to Home Depot to switch my zinc nuts and washers for stainless steel, I didn’t actually get a lot done. Only one post. But I am proud of it. It is level in all directions, it is installed according to the directions from the metal bracket company, and I even added an extra block of wood to the side of the post to give it extra stability.

It was dark by the time I finished.

It was dark by the time I finished.

Today I hope to get four more posts done. There is a fifth post, but it’s by the stairs, and the framing in that area needs some work before I can do the post. There are also some posts at the bottom of the stairs. They’ll have to be cemented into the ground. I’m going to take care of the horizontal railing before I tackle the stair rails. There is some angle cutting involved in the stair rails, and I’m a little nervous about it, so I’m deciding to not think about it for now.

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6 Responses to Repairing the Porch, Day Ten

  1. Lauren says:

    Wow! Not only are you getting it done, you are doing it so well! Your research is super-impressive.

    I’m guessing the stainless steel is so it doesn’t corrode? Does zinc do that?

    • Brad says:

      Stainless steel nuts are the best choice for corrosion resistance. Zinc nuts and bolts are zinc-plated steel. It helps, but if the plating is scratched, or as it corrodes, the steel underneath begins to rust.

  2. Deborah says:

    Very impressed!

  3. Bev Greunke says:

    I admire you for your ambition and work ethic on getting things done…..even if you have to research something…..You Don’t Give Up….And admirable quality!!! <3 Aunt Bev 🙂

  4. Bev Greunke says:

    I Couldn’t Find The Edit Button After I Hit Submit. It should say….. AN…..Not AND…….:-)

  5. Carol says:

    Is Karl still in your corner here, or are you flying solo now?

    I’m still impressed either way BTW.

    and I imagine Gus gets a pass on all manual labor? 😉

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