I am no carpenter and not very handy over all. But this little house I am renting needs some luv. I had the landlord install stair rails because I don't have the tools, strength or skill to do them and for my saftey, they were needed. The porch rails were another issue. They were metal, very rusty and paint flaking with a couple spokes missing. but they were ample for saftey...but UGLY!
I decided that since the property management did not replace them, I would.
Now, don't hurt yourself laughing Jon, for me this was a major job.
I won't be able to tackle the other side until next week. This one side took me all day! This is why I am so in awe of your home expansion project.
I meant don't laugh that it took me 2 days to build 2 rails that didn't even require any angle cuts. Even by my standards, that is laughable I gave myself the excuse that I had never done anything like this before and am old and out of shape. I am better at making excuses than building things.
My next project is to put in planting beds and a pathway at the shady side of the house to give me a private retreat where Pyxle and I can enjoy the outdoors and birds singing in the ravine below. I need to get a pickaxe to break up the hard packed area and level it out for the path...my excuse today is a hyper-extended knee that I need to let rest so going to the hardware store is out of the question.
The more I look at what you've done so far the more I'm impressed, so you never had to cut angles, yet you did cut square and that is hard to do for many people. In fact cutting square is the passport to everything in carpentry!
Swing that pick-axe girl!
Square cuts are easy...You measure 3 times and then have them cut to length at the lumber yard. Then you remeasure and cut off a half inch on each horizontal because they cut them wrong. LOL It would have been easy with the right tools but it was hard to cut straight with a jigsaw. Luckily, the vertical pieces were fine. I couldn't justify buying a table saw because there is no place here to store it.
My knee is feeling better this evening though so tomorrow I will get the pick axe and hopefully the pavers and sand.
The problem with being an expert at making excuses is that the more excuses you make, the longer it takes to reach your goal.
I always measure twice and cut myself, mark four sides with a set square and sharp pencil by hand. I never use power tools to do this. I guess I love to cut by hand.
Wood is like a canvas to me, I love it as a material, feel it and know it. love your wood, every piece! Nature's finest material given to us by God himself.
My arm muscles would scream at me if I tried to make one cut with a hand saw! I do use a square and pencil though I also have to pre-drill all the holes for the nails to make sure they go in straight without bending them.
Have you ever bit off more than you can chew? About 8-10 years go I did a back yard project that required about 2 yards of pea gravel. I loaded it from the river bar and hauled it in buckets. Through the house and into the back yard. That was the only access point. It was heavy and took a lot of trips but I handled it just fine.
10 years later, I decided I need a paved path/sitting area. paying for base sand on top of the price of pavers was out of my budget so I decided to haul silty sand from the river bar to use as my base...same size buckets...and I can barely lift them. I had to face facts. I can finish this project. Eventually. This will be the last heavy work project I will ever undertake. I hope that circumstances will allow me to stay here for the next 20 years to enjoy it!
I am almost 1/3 finished in this picture. I did another row this morning and it looks like I have managed to get enough sand to finish the job. I am determined that it will be finished by the end of this month but I can only do a little bit at a time these days. 10 years ago I could have done this project in a week. I have been working on it now for 2 months!
It is not perfectly flat so it will still slope away from the house. I couldn't have hauled enough sand to level it anyway. But it should serve my needs.
The pavers were on sale, but, even then, they were too expensive locally to get enough, so I decided to use pressure treated wood between each course and at the edges. It should last a few years and be easy to replace when needed.
At least the plants in the new bed are starting to perk up and fill in.
If I had realized how difficult the sand was going to be I would never have attempted this project. But I bought the pavers first because they were on sale and after that , I was financially committed to the project.
Once it is finished, I will be proud that I did it. But for now I am wondering...what was I thinking?!!??!
Name: Debra Garland, TX (Dallas) Balanced diet: burger in each hand.
I am familiar with that stage, Brenda. But what you have accomplished to this point looks spectacular. Remember the sense of satisfaction you had when the porch was finished? That satisfaction will only be deeper and MORE satisfying when this project is completed. Really, really nice work.
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