Wednesday, January 31, 2018

A House - Update XLIX - The Porch, Lower Siding, & Window Sills

It's been a while since our last house update -- June of last year in fact -- and so, we thought we'd catch you up on the progress on the house the Lord has graciously granted!


The Porch

It was finally time to start getting going on some external siding, but before that, we needed to be able to figure out where the porch was going to attach to the house because siding placement would be determined by that. Plus, the stairs we had in front of the house leading into the front door were a little unstable, and so I wanted to get into place a temporary set up that was a little less rickety as well.

We started by going around the outer porch beams along the porch posts to find the highest point so we could level the porch all the way around off of that. We used the water level we used when leveling the foundation piers, which works great for long distances.

Once that was figured out, it was time to put up the siding tar paper:

Lower East Siding Tar Paper


And then the porch ledger board...

Lower East Side with Porch Leadger Board


...bolted to the outside main structure floor joists (which are doubled up on the east and west sides, since walls are sitting on them):

Porch Ledger Board Bolted to Joists


We also needed to put the final porch beams in place. You'll notice the one side isn't even with the porch beam next to it. This is because I discovered when trying to find the porch leveling point that the north east corner of the porch is probably 3 inches or so lower than it should be. Oops. I'm not sure how I managed that, but as we go around installing the porch joists, Lord willing, I'll have to raise the beams to get them more level:

Installing New Porch Beams


And here they are installed:

New Porch Beam in Place


I did some research on how to do the flashing over the ledger board, and this YouTube video is the one I went with. It's z-shaped with a little lip that juts out from the ledger board, forcing a space between the joist and the ledger board preventing water from being kept next to the joist potentially causing future rot:

Porch Ledger Flashing


And here's a side view of the flashing:

Porch Ledger Flashing Side View


Here is a joist hanger in place, nailed in with hanger nails:

Porch Joist Hanger on Ledger


And with a joist attached:

Porch Joist Attached to Hanger


This joist I had to notch to get around a porch post:

Porch Joist Notched to Go Around Porch Post


And here is the first set of porch joists in place. I used the 3-4-5 rule to get the first joist square with the house:

Porch Joists in Place with Outside Header


I put this board in place just so the joists would maintain correct separation:

Porch Joist Spacer Board


And then I tacked down a couple of leftover plywood pieces for now, moved the steps to the side of the porch, and added a set of steps to be able to walk over the beams. It's much easier to get into the house now! :)

Temporary Porch with Stairs Over Beams


Lower External Siding

Thankfully, the lower OSB siding is somewhat protected from the elements being under the porch roof, but eventually that won't last, so we have started putting up siding on the lower external part of the house, beginning with the north side, which seems to see the most weather activity.

Here is some of the tar paper in place behind the porch ledger board:

Lower North Siding Tar Paper


And this what I used to elevate a piece of siding so it doesn't set directly on the flashing, once again to keep things out of sitting moisture:

Siding Spacer


And here is some of the siding in place:

Lower North Siding Begun


I had to cut a hole in the siding for the electrical inlet:

Lower North Siding Electrical Inlet


And here is more siding done:

Lower North More Siding Done


And then the whole side complete!

Lower North Siding Done


Now, we need to choose a color, paint it, and add window trim, and then it should be all done.


Internal Window Sills

In an attempt to continue to seal in the inside of the house from air leaks to help keep in the warmth, I've started putting up boards on the inside of the window sills with the plan to eventually come back and finish the front part of the sills later.

Here is lower bedroom:

Bedroom Lower Windows Inside Sills


And upper kitchen. During one of our recent cold fronts, Sue could see the cobwebs moving, and so it was important to get them done, especially on these upper north-facing ones:

Kitchen Upper Windows Inside Sills


Here is lower great room:

Great Room Lower Windows Inside Sills


And finally, upper great room:

Great Room Upper Windows Inside Sills


As always, we are very thankful to the Lord for granting the provisions to be able to continue on the house. We always pray it's a place of worship and a nice gathering place for His Church.

-- David

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