Saturday, November 12, 2011
Preparedness- House Maintenance
With cash in hand my husband ordered the replacement material which was delivered on our first really chilly day of the year, damp and cold. Fortunately, his friend and employer, Don, was available to work. It's a pretty big job, especially for a couple of old carpenters, nevertheless, they began bracing the upper porch so they could remove and replace the beam before the first heavy snows arrive. They lifted the porch by lifting the entire upper porch with hydraulic jacks.
Several hours later I received a photo at work via e-mail. They survived and so did the porch. Still, there were several more hours of work ahead of them.
On to day 2.
About 14 hours into the job, things were looking pretty good. The treated beam is now covered in fiber cement material which should prevent this from happening in the future. It still needs to be caulked and painted, along with the columns, but it sure looks better than the old covering.
You can see how much damage there was. It still needs a good good power washing for both porches before repainting. The first floor porch ceiling and fans will need to be re installed (65 slats of ceiling to hammer in). Then, we should be good for awhile. Thank goodness my husband discovered this in time and was able to repair it so quickly.
Unfortunately he needed some oral surgery and subsequent treatment for the infection that set in so it laid him up for a couple of weeks. He's one of those tough guys that never complains- torn achilles (he splinted himself and worked through it), torn tendon in his arm that had to be pinned, broken ribs, etc. This one got to him- pain clear up the side of his face and into his head. How is it that I can tell he's infected but the dentist can't? Guess what, after a day on antibiotics he was feeling pretty perky!
Well, it got rainy and cold so painting is delayed which means my porch is still incomplete. Hopefully he can work on this next week because today is, afterall, opening day for deer season (gun).