Wednesday, July 31, 2013
So here's where we are on the porches.
He got all of the ends reinforced....
And most of the wood decking has been laid.
Now read carefully.....
first of all.....go to THIS POST about 7-8 pictures down and read the part where it starts out...."The other thing we have actually lost sleep over....."
Then you will understand this part.
So, if you look directly down at the corner of the deck in the above pic
or on the end here, or look in the below pic, you see these three cement beam thingys (pylons?) that go into the ground. I was here the day they were pouring these. They are HUGE and long.
And they are holding this up.
That, and these beams which are about to bust...
If the porches go down, this entire end of the house goes down.
And back to the big beam thingys, well one end settled 3/4 of an inch, as we suspected.
Did you read the other post mentioned above? It explains it.
That 3/4 of an inch probably explains this.....
And I've been priming and painting these bases and caps for columns. One coat of prime, two coats of paint. I had to move them all inside, because you are supposed to use oil based paint on them. Well, the paint doesn't dry before the bugs and such get all over them and stick to the paint. So after the second coat of paint, I had to sand all the bugs off. Then apply the third coat. I don't like the way they've turned out, and since I have this many more to go, I took the paint back (the unopened paint) and bought latex. It's very complicated with the whole column thing. You have to prime the caps with XIM ($20.00 a quart) and then paint them, because they are plastic. The columns are fiberglass, which require a different primer (cheaper) or you can sand them down. If you sand the columns down, you can use latex. If you don't sand them, you have to use oil. Oil paint sucks. (that is the blog authors opinion, and not necessarily the opinion of others!)
Wednesday, July 24, 2013
We are preparing to work on the front porches now.
And to stand a column up, and second, third and fourth guess yourselves on whether it's the right size...too big...too small...how many do we need....
Oh and I might add, that when my Shug unhooked the trailer from the truck, the trailer flew up and this hitch missed his nose a hair....peeps...I'm a little worried about him doing that upper balcony.
Thursday, July 18, 2013
the columns were done wrong. See the top of the column. Even after he finished covering the wood, the top of the column would still have a landing on it. Which means birds will make nests there all the time. And guess what...he was right.
And to fix it, Dave had to take the entire porch apart. Everything had to come off again. So he had to start completely over. See it now..it's actually hard to see, but there isn't a place for birds to build nests. I'll see if I can't get a better picture
This porch will be completely finished!