Repairing the Porch, Day Thirteen

I know comment fatigue might be setting in, dear readers, but this is my memory archive after all, so I have to keep writing about this project, even though I could have posted about eating my first garden tomatoes of the season, or the mold that is growing in my aquarium, or the fact that Gus used the sawdust under the table saw in my basement as a litter box. Instead, you get this:

It was another full day of work yesterday. We started by installing the fourth post from Tuesday. It wasn’t really a two person job, so Denis was a little frustrated, but as soon as we got it in, we went right to setting floor boards in place.

We started with the straight section in the front of my house. The boards were pretty easy to space out. There were only a couple places where there was something uneven. Where the floor boards went around the railing posts, they needed to be cut. That was Denis’ speciality. He was amazing! Check out the precision of the cuts on this board:

Stupendous!

Stupendous!

The sun was brutally hot, but we tried to stay in the shade. We worked long and hard to screw down the remaining deck boards. Setting the boards that were cut at a forty-five degree angle was tricky. They had to be tight together, and had to be flush so there was no ridge between them. By the time we were working on them, the sun was beating directly down on us, but we powered through.

Karl made the spacers and a device that marks where the screws go.  I cant imagine doing this work without them.  They were indispensable.

Karl made the spacers and a device that marks where the screws go. I cant imagine doing this work without them. They were indispensable.

There are only two pairs of boards to set in the corner, but there is some weird un-evenness there, and we were too tired for any problem-solving. We’ll start with that today, then Denis will put the rest of the screws in the floor boards, while I work on the porch railings.

I really like the forty-five degree angle section. It’s so clean looking.

Those screws will be all the way down after today.

Those screws will be all the way down after today.

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3 Responses to Repairing the Porch, Day Thirteen

  1. Lauren says:

    Wow! Tell Denis I think he may have found his other calling as a precision wood cutter! That looks incredible!

    Your porch is going to be so beautiful you’ll want to camp on it, huh?

  2. Carol says:

    While I know everyone would have wanted to hear more about Gus (ahem), this IS indeed YOUR blog, so post away. (That’s a little porch/railing humor as well…)

    Those angles are magazine picture quality – kudos to the Team (Denis…Karl…oh, and Brad! 😉 )

  3. Debbie says:

    Wow and wow!

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