What do we have here?
Why that's perfectly good cedar siding! Just needs a paint job.
The new mothership
Risky business... we must jack up the deck and remove the old beam!
ok, now time for dinner
old flashing went over the decking
a little corroded
that was a wrestling match for sure
the stupid house only had anything to bolt into at the bottom. Do I have no rim joist or something??
lots of extra holes >:(
Concrete poured into home-made form
sawed-off lally columns
ugggggggly flashing job :(
I can't get the metal to crease, it just wants to stay straight
so, it turns out I managed to be 1.5" too low here. So I nailed on a very thick "shim"
going to attach the vycor to the metal flashing behind the ledger
much less ugly than the other side
ARG somehow I was 1/4" short!! Adding a shim.
new (left) old (right)
2" lag screws
header joist on
done with framing! (needs a few more nails though)
The tricky corner
Railing posts will slide in that groove
I was too ambitious... ran out of concrete!
lots of scrap!
my rig for notching the posts
look who is out helping!
posts are primed
foreground: cutting the stringers (for stairs)
background: hard labor for wife
stringers in action... hey look the pad is done
ok so the plan was to insert the post in here and through-bolt it. But both joists are fixed so tightening a bolt will only apply pressure on the joists, not the post. I came up with a solution though...
Step 1 drill 2 holes for the bolts
step 2 wrap post in vycor (prevent moisture from moving from pressure-treated joists into the post)
step 3 use spade bit to drill through the end joist, this allows the bolt head to pass through this joist. The bolt head will instead press directly onto the post.
Step 4 get frustrated when the holes don't line up
Step 5 make a mess of things
step 6 success!
step 7 cover outer joists with decking?
posts all attached
picked up some decking!
using stainless steel ringed nails -- a) they should be low risk to pop up because of the rings, b) the small flat head will be less visible than a screw, c) easier to install than screws. Hopefully I made the right choice.
attack of the tomatoes!
a slight improvement over the old stuff...
about to call it quits for the day
slight progress on the stairs
getting ready to cut the center support stringers
Tried to wrap up the corner as much as possible
a door will go there
graded the ground to slope away
hole for the downspout