Yesterday I did a decent amount of work on the porch, so I can call it Day Eleven. Denis and Karl also worked on it. I’m so blessed to have knowledgeable and talented help. I would have cobbled the new floor together with crazy angles and weird shortcuts. Instead, I’m going to have a flat, straight, beautiful new floor.
Yesterday we fastened some boards to the joists. Karl had the master plan, and Denis had an eye for spacing. We put spacers in on one end of each board and screwed it down, then went to the other end. The spacers were made of MDF, or medium density fiberboard. It’s exactly one quarter inch thick. We didn’t put very many of the screws all the way down, because we wondered if we’d need to do any adjusting. I can only remember two times we backed the screw out and re-set the board.
Putting the boards along the house was easy, but out by the edge of the porch, we had to cut around some obstacles. Denis did some excellent work with the jigsaw to fit boards around the railing posts.
We stopped after getting the boards in place. Lots of screws are sticking up and need to be countersunk, but that’ll be easy, mindless work. Probably. Most of this hasn’t been as easy as I thought.