Building a porch. #2: Under construction finally!

Blog entry by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 06-11-2008 10:49 PM 3985 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Building a porch with my own SketchUp plan Part 2 of Building a porch. series Part 3: Applying the skirting! »

Well, we got the permit, & finally started building it.

The demolishing of the old porch didn’t take too long,

because it was so poorly constructed, it was hanging by a thread.

Whoever built it, they poured the slab over some clay in between the foundation walls,

The clay had settled over time, so there was nothing holding up the slab.

there were two 16” 2×2s just under the threshold, each with about 5 nails in each.

There was nothing holding up the 6 foot length along the wall, & no re-bar.

Since the clay had settled, we didn’t have to haul away any rubble, it fit in the hole.

I hardly needed to look at my SketchUp plan, because I’ve been looking at it so long while drawing it.

I had to make a few minor adjustments to some of the dimensions as i was building it.
Drilling hole for railing bolt

I’ve decided to make the balusters out of 2 X 6s, because I don’t think the quality of the 5/4 material is strong enough. I can get clearer boards in the 2 X 6s.
So now I’ll have to exchange some boards.

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posted 06-12-2008 01:22 AM

Great start, Dick. This is going to be a nice porch. I see you paid you help with cookies and pizza (that’s what I do most of my home projects for). Had to bribe one with a LumberJocks T shirt. Looking forward to the completion photos. I like the design you came up with for the balusters. Nice photography, Barb.

-- Tim

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posted 06-12-2008 06:33 AM

Barb did a very nice job documenting this event so we get to enjoy watching it.

Dick tell us about the thin pole in the corner, is that hanging frim the facia or standing in concrete? Is that a metal pole?

I like you baluster design.

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posted 06-12-2008 04:35 PM

Thanks guys!

The pipe is embedded in a concrete pillar, it’s 1 1/2”.

It replaces one of the original pillars that once supported a porch that went all the way across the front of the house.

I plan to box it in beneath the rim joists at the corner for added support,

& not having to rely on just the bolts.

We’ve had a lot of rain the past few days, so we’ve been resting up waiting for some sunshine.

-- ** Dick, & Barb Cain *************** http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Chipncut

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posted 06-12-2008 07:24 PM

The steel pipe is a good idea. I have to do that with my back patio roof, not just to hold it up, but with the winds we get here in Texas, it’s also to hold it down.

-- Tim

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posted 06-12-2008 07:29 PM

Great show…my those cookies looked good!

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posted 06-13-2008 11:22 AM

Hi Dick and Barb;

Dick, I believe you can out work guys half your age!

And Barb, excellent photos.

No wonder you two have stayed together for so long!


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posted 06-24-2008 06:19 PM

Nice job Dick. This project is coming along, and will be a great addition to the house. Way to go.

-- Bill - Turlock, Ca. - http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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posted 06-24-2008 06:35 PM

Thanks Bill,

We just finished it yesterday with a coat of stain.

I’ll be posting more when i get the time..

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posted 12-06-2009 01:40 AM

Looks to be going very well. I always end up having to exchange some boards.

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posted 12-24-2009 11:51 PM

Probably all done by now

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posted 12-28-2009 05:29 AM

Going to be a great project!


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Dick, & Barb Cain

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posted 12-28-2009 04:09 PM

Thank you Jim, It’s starting out with its second winter now.

Beginningwoodworker, Thank you.

There was a slideshow of this project, but Photobucket canceled out their slideshow remixes recently.

I’ll have to make a whole new slideshow now.

-- ** Dick, & Barb Cain *************** http://lumberjocks.com/jocks/Chipncut

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