davidd (davidd) wrote,

Not Fun. Not Done.

Worked on repairing the back steps for about seven hours today. I was thinking about replacing the whole structure, but the materials cost started to look rather imposing. Instead, it's a deconstruction/reconstruction process, trying not to damage the sound wood, while removing and replacing the termite-infested and rotted sections.

There are only three steps, how hard could it be? It's not difficult, exactly; it's just tedious. Also, not being a contractor or construction type person by trade, I'm kind of making this up as I go along -- that is, I'm trying to figure out how they built it originally (kinda shoddily, actually) and then modeling the rebuild on that... with improvements.

One of the challenging aspects is that forty year old wooden steps, exposed to the elements, aren't exactly square and plumb, so trying to fit new pieces in among the old can be a frustrating task.

Two out of three steps are finished so far. One more to go, and then replace most of the top part, where you stand before you go in the door. The stoop, is it? I don't know. Whatever it is, it's kind of creaky.

So that's what I did today, and what I'll be doing tomorrow. I hope your weekend is more fun.

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