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Old 09-16-2010, 04:10 PM   #46
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Sunday - Tuesday (Sept 5-7)

Okay, so by the end of Tuesday I had the flooring almost done (there’s just one piece to be fitted in at the very back).




And I also had all the toe boards installed (one is missing due to my having sawn it too short - you know what they say, it’s easier to saw more off . . . ).





Detail showing how the toe boards are raised above the level of the floor (to make it easier to replace floor boards in the future). I stapled a ‘V’ of screen to the underside of each toe board before installing it to keep bugs from flying in through this gap.


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Boy, you haven't missed a trick have you? Who woulda thunk about putting screen there. Great idea.
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I forget who I stole that screen idea from - probably someone from contractor talk. I've ruthlessly stalked the good folks on that site in order to acquire their trade secrets .
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You are quite a woman, J! And one heck of a great daughter.
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I forget who I stole that screen idea from - probably someone from contractor talk. I've ruthlessly stalked the good folks on that site in order to acquire their trade secrets .
Well, that's the way it's done! Keep on snooping!
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Wednesday-Thursday (Sept 8-9)

Due to the limited board sizes available here, I wound up needing to rip quite a few of the trim boards I’ll be using, so I decided to prepare the trim up at the cottage where I have the luxury of a power saw. If the trim winds up not fitting perfectly due to being prepared off-site, oh well, that’s what caulk is for right?

I got all the trim pieces cut out, sanded with 80 grit to take off any mill glaze, and started painting the first batch. Painting will be pretty tedious - I’m painting all six sides, and each piece will get two coats of Ben Moore exterior oil primer, which requires 12 hours or more between coats (this means it actually takes two days to do one coat, since I have to wait at least 12 hours before flipping the boards and doing the other side). After that I’ll hit the boards with two coats of Ben Moore premium exterior latex. I’ve started by doing several of the larger pieces of trim since by the time I manage to get back here again it may be too cold to cure paint outside.

I’ll spare you pictures of the paint drying on the trim - it’s about as interesting as watching . . . well, you get the idea.

Here’s a nice picture of one half of a 1x6 that I ripped at 15° for drip edge though (the other half is an identical piece of drip edge). Note the lovely notch also ripped at 15°, on what will be the underside of the drip edge, to shed water - a thing of beauty I tell you.




I also finally got around to fixing a lingering problem with the roof. In previous pictures you may have noticed that the ends of my roof sheathing are just butted up against each other in space - they don’t line up with my rafters like they should (they were originally supposed to, but I wound up increasing the width of the roof by a few inches which threw everything off).

As a second-best to situating the butt joints on the rafters, I installed solid blocking between the rafters half-way up each butt joint (there are only 4 such joints, on alternating sides, but I put matching blocks on the non-jointed sides because it looked better that way).


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You are quite a woman, J! And one heck of a great daughter.
Mom didn't actually believe that I'd actually manage it when I first proposed building this for her last fall lol. She's pretty excited about it now though - I just hope I can get it finished this fall so she can enjoy it next spring.
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Friday (Sept 10)

Today I installed window headers - I decided to add these so that all the main screen panels will be square, so that I can use common aluminum screen rail to put the panels together.




And we now have a fully operational down spout - too late for Earl, but there’ll be other hurricanes. (This instillation is only temporary, I'll eventually have to take it down in order to put up the trim.)




I also started adding blocking strips to make all the framing around the door and windows come out flush.






And I started to add 2x2 nailing blocks for attaching siding around the back (the trim will cover the posts, and the studs on the side walls, so I can’t nail the siding to them directly).


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Jules...to say the least, YOU ARE BLOWING ME AWAY!!
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Hey! What's with the easy chair!?!?! Ain't no sittin' down on the job this late in the season.

Seriously.... have you slept out there yet?
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Last update post - as of now you guys are fully caught up on my progress.

Saturday (Sept 11)

Saturday was a short work day due to having to head back to town, but I did manage to get a few things done, such as putting felt on the outside corners of all the posts so as to provide a path for water to escape should any happen to make it in behind trim.

I also finished painting the first batch of trim this morning - luckily the weather has been very cooperative, despite the temperature having gone back down to more seasonal values (so not much curing goes on at night). I didn’t have enough time to hang the trim before leaving, but you can see two pieces of it sitting on the railing of the screen house (there’s wax paper under it to keep the soft paint from attaching to the railing). It was very frustrating to have to leave without hanging that trim now that it’s all ready to go.

The colour mom choose for the trim is Ben Moore’s “rapture” - it’s dark, and very, very red. I expect to have to put on at least another top coat or two once the trim is hung in order to even out the colour.




I also got a set of stairs assembled (you can see them sitting upside down on the rock to the right). I was going to build a ramp, but mom decided she’d rather have shallow stairs for now. I can always replace them with a ramp later.
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Hey! What's with the easy chair!?!?! Ain't no sittin' down on the job this late in the season.

Seriously.... have you slept out there yet?


Mom was impatient to start enjoying the screen house - she started using it pretty much the minute I had half a floor down. (So perhaps she doesn't really need screens lol)
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Who could blame her? Pretty darn nice setting.

Jules, I don't know if this works on your computer, but the º sign...option key plus 0. That's a zero not an OH.
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Wow, I am totally impressed to say the least. That is a tough job but by yourself and no electricity is just amazing. Way way back when I was much younger I built a free standing carport by myself and it was a trick.

Your mom must be awfully proud of you and just knowing she will treasure her time there is just wonderful. We can't wait to see what you do next. Fantastic job!!!

My stars is all of Canada as beautiful as what we have had the privilege to see in this forum?

Just a quick question and maybe a suggestion. Would your mom use the porch in cool weather when the wind is blowing a little? If so maybe you could make lexan windows that would block the colder wind and could be removed when the weather got warmer. Just a thought.

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Who could blame her? Pretty darn nice setting.

Jules, I don't know if this works on your computer, but the º sign...option key plus 0. That's a zero not an OH.
That's a neat trick - I don't appear to have an option key though. (I tried ctrl, alt, and that window key that's between them, but none of those worked.)

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