Category Archives: Carpentry/Structure

Porch flooring…

The final bit of KDAT (Kiln Dried After Treatment) tongue and groove porch flooring lumber finally came in…so I vowed that unless I got smited (smote?) by a major god (me and Thor may still be having a duel…our status … Continue reading

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We have curvage!

The front porch deck framing is complete…and it was a bear. There’s a curve on the house there, and the outer porch is curved as well…and due to the framing of the round parlor room, several beams exit into the … Continue reading

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One, two…

Making a *tapered* column plumb on a curvy Victorian house that wasn’t necessarily built square/plumb in the first place is a challenge…but column # 1 was installed on Friday. I also cut column # 2 to length and embarked on … Continue reading

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Column prep…part the first.

Okay, on the agenda this weekend, box in the box beam and install a couple columns. Sounds simple doesn’t it? It’s not. The sheer amount of steps required in prepping a column take up a lot of time…fiddly work…but important … Continue reading

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Slaughter

Didn’t get much done this weekend since we were too busy getting thoroughly rained upon…seriously…something like 12 inches in 48 hours. Fortunately, Serious Roof is serious…and I can’t tell you how happy I am that all the rain stays on … Continue reading

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‘Oh, you can’t help that,’ said the cat. ‘We’re all mad here.’

“Begin at the beginning,” the King said, very gravely, “and go on till you come to the end: then stop.” — Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland In our last exciting episode, we ended the day with a quite large hole … Continue reading

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Down the Rabbit Hole

Alternate title: THIS IS SPARTA! Serious Door install is requiring an entire new sill. A rather massive beam that runs the portion of the width of the mudroom that extends past the house proper. As I’ve mentioned in the past…when … Continue reading

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Serious Door is Serious…

Some of you that have been following along may recall WAY back when I corrected/rebuilt the mess that was the back wall/rear entry of the Old Vic (here). We ended up installing some French Doors that came with the house … Continue reading

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Progress…

Why yes, you CAN get more done without killing yourself when the temperatures are milder. We had gorgeous weather for, well, pretty much anything this weekend. So I, of course, worked on the porch. Turns out…other than completely reframing the … Continue reading

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Hot stuff…

Getting the porch deck down was on the agenda for this weekend. It didn’t get finished. The deck is 4″ tongue and groove (actually covers 3″ swath). Old house folks are often strangely snobbish about materials to use…you’ll hear something … Continue reading

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