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Your Friend, the Tetanus Shot


This "porch steps" project is turning out to be never-ending. Today I finished one more step! How could one step take so many hours? I really don't know! It just... does! Measure, cut, fit, measure, cut, fit, pre-drill, countersink... and the hours slip away. I was hoping to get by without removing the railing. Yeah, right.

I removed the planks from the top of the... stoop... or whatever it's called, and discovered an unexpected "crumbly bit." I have currently reached a point where I can proceed no further without additional supplies. 2X4, 1X6, joist hangers (yes, I'm actually trying to do this project correctly, which might be the right way, but it's also the slow way), and sundry fun stuff. First on the agenda tomorrow: Home Despot!

I scarcely had any time at all today for Plurk! I'm jonesing, baby! (Or maybe it's the sugar and caffeine from five or six Coca-Colas!)

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sjonsvenson
Jun. 9th, 2008 02:43 pm (UTC)
Simple projects have a tendency to expand.
Whenever you start a project you should plan out the optimal and expected. But also imagine what can go wrong and how far you are prepared to cary the task in the worst case.
You must considder the worst case but you don't have to fully plan for it. Worst case in your excample would be that the whole house needs a new support and frame structure. Ok you can scrap that as a DIY.
Worst manageable case would be a complete replacement of the steps and the whole stoop.
Part of the planning would be a computer-stand right at the building site so you can plurk about every screw and wood splinter as it happens ^_^
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