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September 25th, 2006

All legal

New permit pulled for the front porch. Only took a couple of hours total time, so I'm back home and making lunch by noon. I need to tear off the remaining siding that's going and clean up the front before any actual construction starts, but I'm hoping that I can get to that today... otherwise the next couple of days will be really freakin' busy.

The front steps are an issue. I want to replace them, since code requires a 36" minimum landing outside of an exterior door, and to replace them I need to tear out the existing steps and go down a minimum of 42 inches for frostproof footings. That's a whole lot of digging, and it probably ain't gonna happen this fall.

Important thing is that this supercedes my Sept 28th deadline from the city.
After the tearing off of the siding, I took a while and did some cleanup. It's amazing how messy the whole process is, and it actually took a little over an hour and filled two 55-gallon trash bags seriously full of non-recyclable debris. There was also the cleaning of the catbox, and we're talking the serious deep cleaning, from which I am just now sitting down.

I need to look up some techniques for splicing joists.

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