Tom Ramcigam (magicmarmot) wrote,
Tom Ramcigam

I managed to do crunch-time yesterday and got the last (and biggest) porch wall framed and put in place last night. I didn't get any pictures because it was too dark by the time I finished, but I'll try and get some tonight if the rain isn't too bad.

I'm not done with the walls yet. The two side walls still need the window rails put in, and I need to measure the openings and size them for windows, which may mean adding some more 2x6's. And I'm adding some plywood tops to the window wells, keyed with a 1x2 to fit in between the window rails. A picture would probably help to describe it.

After that I have to construct and install the header beams. Those will be fun: the longest one is something like 22 feet long, and is a sandwich of 2x6, steel, plywood, steel, and 2x6. I'm betting it will be heavy.

Then comes the start of the roof. That begins with a ledger beam attached to the house: a 2x12 screwed in with lag bolts, the same as if I was adding a deck. In a way, it's what I'm doing since the porch roof will actually work as a subfloor for the second floor walkout-style deck should I ever decide to put one there-- it's almost as if I had actually planned it that way.

After that, joists and plywood sheeting. I might actually pull this off by the end of the month.

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