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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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pastilla
Jun. 8th, 2008 09:50 am (UTC)
I sometimes think "I wish I could afford to have someone come in and do it all" but sometimes it can be quite satisfying to do it yourself.
davidd
Jun. 9th, 2008 12:29 am (UTC)
Sometimes.
sjonsvenson
Jun. 8th, 2008 03:47 pm (UTC)
Three steps to heaven.
Usually I let my brother do things like that. He is good at it, likes to do it and has all the tools needed to do it right. He is just a perfectionist so even simple things take a long time. If he made your steps it would take two weeks (at least) but in a hundred years time they would still stand. :)
I am to much a programmer to do it right. I would probably make six independent steps (modules) that can be compiled into a finished stair going up three steps. ;)
davidd
Jun. 9th, 2008 12:28 am (UTC)
"Independent modules." Yes, my neighbor suggested just stacking up concrete cinder blocks. It would work, I suppose, and would definitely resist termites.
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