Mill Creek Haunted Hollow: Construction BLOG



Entry 120: November 16, 2012
I know I shouldn't complain, as there are many people out there suffering much more than I, but this is not a good week for the remodel.

We have some serious rain coming down and it's not going to end anytime soon. The house is okay, but the garage is leaking everywhere. I've set up buckets and containers all over, but it's futile. I'm even using the girls' snow sleds as large catch basins. Most (90%) of the water is coming in because the balcony over the garage isn't finished and the water just comes through every seam. Very annoying.

COMMENTS:
Posted by Nexus: Rain is bad... but with winter coming, is that more or less of a worry?
Posted by Frughoul: Yikes - well as long as your main house is warm and dry you should be ok as you get into the colder weather. Do you still have any county entanglements that are holding you up or is it just waiting for a break in the weather?
I have more inspections I need to pass, and I have three glue-laminated beams, which means I have to cut out some of the joists I put in and install these new beams.


Entry 121: November 26, 2012
Offical, signed-off, ready-to-go plans. A lot of back and forth with the Engineer, but I did all the work and he looked them over and signed off. Now to deliver them to the county and get them to sign off on a few inspections.

COMMENTS:
Posted by Rage: It looks great and getting those plans through county is no easy task either..........did the construction plans have to be wind loaded as well? I'm not that far from you so I feel for you with the rain and it's starting to get cold as well.
Yes, the county wanted wind and gravity load. Took a while to get everything on the plans, but now it's done. Of course, I'm sure the county is going to throw a lot of other crap at my before this is all done. One step at a time.


Entry 122: November 27, 2012
I'm scheduled to go back in to County Planning and Development on Friday. I'll be meeting with the "Land Development Specialist" I've been working with, and she scheduled the meeting for Friday so that a "Code Inspection Specialist" could also attend.

I'm crossing my fingers, but my gut is gonna be in knots until I'm done with the meeting (and project).



Entry 123: November 30, 2012
An annoying leak came back this week. It seems water is getting through the top layer (angled layer) of the balcony and is following the subfloor to the main beam. From there, it's leaking through a single nail hole and making a very troublesome little mess.

COMMENTS:
Posted by Ghost of Spookie: Getting a chance to check in on your progress. Sorry about the leaking issue but better find it now during rainy weather than having had it closed up when it was dry outside and getting water damage later in walls that would need to be ripped open.

We are getting dumped on with rain this week where I live and know you are generally wetter than us so my heart goes out to you until things get sealed and dry out. The house looks amazing though and you should be feeling very pleased with all that you've accomplished so far. Glad you are dry inside the main house now (right?) and hope you had a nice Thanksgiving. BTW your halloween skeleton construction crew was a riot! Gave me quite a chuckle. Spider turned out great too.


Posted by GhoulishCop:Awesome project. First time I checked in on this thread. To put it mildly, I'm impressed. Nice to see what someone can do with lottery winnings.
As for the rain, I see the weather forecasters are reporting you're due for what they call an "atmospheric river," which doesn't sound good at all.
http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/...spheric-river/
Good luck and stay dry!
Had a good meeting with Planning and Development. They've accepted the plans and everything, but they still want more info. The good news is, my permit has officially been accepted now. I still have to get a plumber to approve work that was previously done and I need to talk to the company that originally installed our water heater and furnace because they got the permit for the work, but never had it checked out after they were done, and now that mechanical permit is long expired. The good news is that all of that is now on the new permit and we're moving forward.

The only other big question is whether or not the center tower is too tall. They don't even know how to calculate the building height because there are contrary methods that go as far back as 1966. Worst case scenario: I have to apply for a varience, which will definitely be added time and money.

Posted by Gym Whourlfeld: A small roof that flat on an actual 1880 house would probably be covered by tin sheeting, soldered at the seams.
MY Grandfather used to do this type of work.
They would hide spouting in the edges of the roof all soldered together, the roof looking flat from the ground or any distance.
2inch galvenised downspouts also helped hide the actual mechanics of rainwater control.
Posted by Rage: Did you blackjack the seam and 3" above the felt on the balcony? Blackjacking all of the nails would have prevented the leak. If you know which nail it is leaking, you can always peal back a bit of the shingles and Blackjack the sucker in a pinch.


Entry 124: December 3, 2012
Well, I cut up the old roofing felt and exposed the wood to try and "start from scratch" and seal the balcony. I wanted to test the sealer I bought (BLACK JACK 4-3/4 Gallons Non-Fiber Roof Coating), so I took an area and put a thick layer directly on the OSB sheathing, another area had the coating applied to the sheathing and then I put felt over it, and a third area just had the coating over the felt.

I have no idea if any of it worked because we had a huge rainstorm last night and it looks like ALL of the roof coating washed away!!

Here are some recent photos. First, I want to show off some of the new storage space. We've packed up most of the Halloween stuff and it's out of the house and still sorta organized.


Yes, the orange bins with black lids are all full of Halloween decorations. You can also see a witch and several foggers.


On the other side of the wall I have some of my pose-n-stay skeletons (the greatest skeletons ever made for under $40).


This is the problem area. What you see is OSB sheathing that was angled so water would run off. It's 99% effective, but I need to seal and protect the wood. Believe it or not, this whole area had a thick coating of roof coating yesterday, but it all washed away with the rain.


Some detail on the second floor. I painted in cold weather and it didn't have enough time to dry before the rain came back, so some of the paint washed off!


The house on yet another windy, rainy day. I put up Christmas lights and they look great. Eventually, I'll have gutter, too!


The area above the garage looks stark and barren when it's not hidden by the giant maple tree.

COMMENTS:
Posted by Rage: Looking good TK, the picture that shows the flashing on the dormer and osb in Fla would have blackjack on the cider blocking (osb in your case) extending 3" above the flashing. It gives a good seal between and behind the siding as well as the roof. I know you don't live in Fla but then we don't have rain like a hurricane up here either. Are you planning to blackjack the entire balcony roof or just the edges and seams? BTW I love that pancake compressor.

Also did you apply the blackjack to a wet roof? Blackjack being "tar like" won't stick to a wet roof being as it's water proofing, it's not a water based product so I can't imagine why else it would have washed away..........push come to shove you could protect the area and use a heat gun to dry out the osb before applying the blackjack, but man would that be a PIA

I know I need to redo the paper and the flashing. Someone else told me the housewrap should also go over the metal flashing. So I guess I need to:
1. Remove the flashing so that I can pull the house wrap out
2. Put the metal flashing back so that it is the first thing in the corner
3. Use blackjack to seal the seams of the flashing and sheathing
4. Put down new roofing felt and have it go up the wall at least 6 inches
5. Bring the house wrap back down so that it flows over the flashing and the roofing felt
6. Apply roofing adhesive and lay down rolled asphalt roofing
Posted by Rage: I think if you went up to step 5 you'd have no water issues....follow through with step 6 and your virtually hermetically sealing the balcony....lol.
Posted by Trinity1: It looks amazing!!! Love the Christmas tree in the large front window. You are doing such an incredible job......can not wait to see the finished product. Then you can come work on my house
I wish this BLOG had a "like" button for comments, because I love reading compliments like this! THANKS!


Entry 125: December 5, 2012
I went back and removed everything so I was working with bare wood, then I put the flashing in place. Over that, I replaced the roof felt, bringing it at least 6" up the wall. I also tucked it up and under the shingles in the sloping roof area. I then brought the tyvek down over both the roof felt and flashing.

It rained a bit last night, and I still had some slight leaks. I'm going to caulk some weak areas in the siding and see if that helps. It's a lot better than it was, but I want it to be bone dry -- even in a downpour.

My plan is to cover the felt with this Rolling Roof Adhesive, then put down the asphalt rolled roofing. After that, I may apply a coat of Gardner 4.75-Gallon Elastomeric Roof Coating.

Right now, I think the trouble spots may be the corners.



Entry 126: December 9, 2012
I fixed the aggrivating leak by taking everything up and redoing all the flashing. I then built a piece of corner flashing. This seams to have done the trick. It's been raining a lot today, but nothing is leaking!!

COMMENTS:
Posted by Tamster: This is just amazing work, considering all the set backs and fixing, I just love this house. I came back to see how things were going.......now I am anxious to see more


Entry 127: January 1, 2013
HAPPY NEW YEAR!!



Entry 128: January 11, 2013
I know it's been a while since I posted anything. I'm still dealing with the County, but I'm trying to put up what I can. I'm also still dealing with a nasty leak. I'm really hoping to get out tomorrow (Saturday) and fix it for good. I'm going out with spray foam, roof sealer, and metal flashing. By god, I will fix this darn leak.
COMMENTS:
Posted by IrishGuy: Hey TK, I've had great luck with Henry's wet patch. Slather it all around that joint and It'll stop anything short of Noah's flood. I had to apply some over an old patch around a vent pipe the other day in the midst of a downpour. Worked like a charm.
Posted by S.O.S.: Do you know exactly where it's coming from? We thought we had a window leak for months but it turned out it was the siding above the window. Leaks are the worst so good luck and keep us posted.
I have a strong suspicion, but I need that part of the balcony roof to thaw before I can remove the section of asphalt roofing and roofing felt so that I can look at the wood sheathing underneath. I suspect there's a gap in the sheathing that's letting water in. If it's just a light rain, we don't have a leak, but when it rains hard, or for a long time, we get the leak.


Entry 129: January 13, 2013
I received a list of issues with the rejected plans and one of the issues we've been dancing around is the height of the tower. At first, one rep was telling me the residential zoning in my area was 25ft. I figured that was wrong, since I can see other homes in the neighborhood that are over 25ft. The good news is the plans reviewer said the zoning is 30ft. Of course, she still said the tower was too tall, but I think she was basing her judgement on the absolute highest point of the roof. Of course, that'ts now how you calculate a residential height. You look at averages. So, I have redrawn the elevation plans and lowered the tower height by a little over a foot. The tower is still over 30ft, but if you look at the "average height" based off the top of the mansard to the top of the tower, I'm slipping in at a safe 28ft 3.5in.



Entry 130: January 25, 2013
Need to seal the balcony with a special roofing adhesive that helps waterproof everything and secure the asphalt roofing. Unfortunately, it says I should apply it when there won't be any rain for 24-36 hours!! Great, now I have to wait until July to seal the balcony.


Entry 131: February 16, 2013
Things are going very slowly right now. The weather is poor and it's tough to do anything outside. I'm hoping to get stuff done in the garage so that I'm ready for a clear day. I'm going to start building the railing balusters and some of the window framing for the round windows.
COMMENTS:
Posted by Gym Whourlfeld: 25 years ago I built a cupola on the flat spot in the center of the roof on my 1870 Italianate house. I made it proportional to the rest of the house, almost everyone who has ever seen it, if asked, thinks it is original to the house and it might be about 35 feet from it's top to the ground.
I seemed to have possibly set off a rash of others in this county building cupolas on their roofs... unfortunately,most of them were built too high with modern windows, with aluminum storm windows and really look like they will never belong there. I modeled my cupola from two mid- 1800 houses here in my smalltown. You can see the house at hauntedravensgrin.com


Entry 132: March 4, 2013
Still battling with "the leak" but I think I've finally got it! I pulled up the angled patio decking to get to the sub-floor and started over. I sealed all the seams, painted the sub-floor with drylock, and then put down new plywood sheathing (instead of the OSB sheathing). Brand new roofing felt and flashing, and we'll see what happens. I only had one nice day to get all this done, and there's not enough time to paint or put down the roofing adhesive before the rain comes back tonight.

Slowly, but surely, I'm making progress.



Entry 132: March 9, 2013
Had a sunny Saturday, so I finally put the windows in the two round dormers.

COMMENTS:
Posted by Weeping Angel: It's turning out beautifully. ~sigh~
Posted by Tamster: stunning! I meant the sunshine LOL!! This is great progress, hope you got the leaks once an for all. I'm with Weeping angel ~sighhhhh~
Posted by Appleseed: Wow. Been watching this thread, and so glad it is all coming together. You are gonna have a great home to haunt! I love the skellies on either side of the door.
Posted by Stick: Taken shape and looking great.
Posted by Ghost of Spookie: My heart has gone out to you after reading about the persistent water issues. Glad you are having better weather finally and hopefully have found the source of the water leak and eliminated it.

Love the latest photo of the house complete with the door greeters. Man, I still am amazed at how much work you took on and to have it come out looking so cool is just mindblowing. I don't know anyone else who just decides to rebuild their house. Remodel the inside, yes. But you are so beyond that. A real man who Can Do! The Mrs. and kids must be so proud of you.

BTW love the new round windows. Forgot what you ended up ordering. Will they be unadorned or do you have window pane inserts coming? They look good as is.


Posted by Kymmm: OMG TK!! That is looking awesome! I love that you are sharing the whole process with us! It's amazing watching it from start to finish.. Thanks!!
Posted by S.O.S.: Looks great! I hope the weather stays nice for you.


Entry 133: April 11, 2013
I will tell you all right now, if you can help it, don't ever deal with the county!! I have been going back and forth with the blueprints for the remodel for months, and when I finally got everything ready to go on my end, I drive up to Everett to drop off the revised plans only to find out:

1. They are "closed" to clients on Thursdays. (Didn't know that, not posted.) Lucky for me, there are still people in the office to tell me all the things I'm doing wrong.

2. I now have to schedule an appointment with a county engineer to review the new plans, where I thought all I had to do was drop them off so one of the engineers could review them. (Not stated in prior letter from county.)

3. The one item I could have turned in while I was there, which was printed to scale, was not printed on an 11x17 sheet of paper! I kid you not. They wouldn't accept it because it wasn't printed on a large sheet of paper, I had just printed it on a regular, 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper.

So, I had to turn around, tail between my legs, and drive home without getting a damned thing accomplished. I'm hoping I can make an appointment with a county engineer (one is on vacation and the other has been sick all week) and get in to review the plans.

I love working on the house. I hate working with the county. (BTW, I'm making a short list of people from the county I'd like to "add to the haunt" this year.)

COMMENTS:
Posted by IrishGuy: Hang in there TK! The end result will justify all the hassle!
Posted by Raven's Hollow Cemetery: Wow, it's come a long way since I last popped in. Sorry about the guv'ment problems, but if it makes you feel any better, that's about par for the course when "the man" is involved in anything.


Entry 134, Continued: April 11, 2013
Haven't posted pics in a while, so I thought I would share some progress while I settle in with despair over the epic saga of "the county and the barrel".


Some ridge joisting to give slope to the roof section over the garage.


The metal roofing wraps over the ridging to give a bend for rain and wind.


Folding over the top sections of roofing. Run a line of sealer along the seam and secure with special gasket bolts.


Box of bolts, good drill. Fold the top layer of shingles over the top of the roof, then put the metal on top of that rolling down.


The rare sunny day, admiring my shingling of the tower peak and mansard roof on the far side.


Another shot of the tower roof and finished shingles.


Playing with a little of the trim pieces I eventually want to add to the roof and tower areas.

So, the old leak wasn't going away and the OSB was soaked from a winter of being poorly protected from the elements, so I ripped up the old balcony sheathing, raised the angle of the slope with cross-bracing, and put down new, stronger fir sheathing.


I painted a thick coat of drylock along the sub-floor to also help cure the leak.


Beautiful new fir plywood balcony at an increased angle for better angle for run-off.



Entry 135: April 12, 2013
I just wish the building process was more transparent. I mean, you put all this effort into stuff and then they tell you everything you did wrong. Why can't they give you some information before hand? Like when running electrical, you need to have 6.5" of wire in each box. All "new construction" exterior walls should be built with 2x6s and must contain R-21 insulation. Attics are now required to contain min. R-47 insulation! WTF happened to R-30 being okay? That's what my house has had for 25 years!!

I'm an honest person and I want to do the right thing. I'm not trying to cheat anyone, but when I don't know the rules because no one will reveal them to me, it makes it difficult to do the right thing the first time.

Oh, and another one that drives me absolutely crazy. I may have to rebuild the stairs I built in the garage because I built them with an 8" rise and I think the maximum rise height is 7 3/4". This is the sorted, painful crap they're giving me grief over.

On the plus side, I just got back from the doctor and I've lost 35 lbs thanks to diet, exercise, and a diet suppressant he prescribed.

COMMENTS:
Posted by Ghost of Spookie: TK421, nice going on the dropping of pounds. That's always a hard thing to do. Kudos to you for taking it seriously and doing something to improve your health and life...coming from someone who could stand to lose some weight as well.
I hear your frustration on the code issues. There are changes to them probably every year and I'm sure the trades who work an area exclusively know all the uniform and local codes by heart but given all the parts that go into building a house these days, I can see where it is almost an insurmountable task for the DIYer. The Building Department will answer questions (and you need to make them good questions that will get you the right answers!) but they aren't in the position of teaching what tradesmen learn to get certified. As a DIYer that falls to you to ferret out. But even the licensed "pros" don't always pass inspection though.
When we were having our kitchen remodeled, the first thing our contractor did was to rip out the electrical wiring that went to our island through our concrete slab saying it was done wrong and they didn't use that kind of wiring below grade. Well, in our city it was required so he had to reinstall it.
So not only trade codes to deal with but city codes to know as well. And as you probably already know there is sometimes descretion allowed by the inspector.
Have a handful of times between our interior kitchen remodel and our current outdoor landscaping projects that I wish our workers had asked questions before putting something in. In fact our gas line to our BBQ and fireplace had to be all rerun with different conduit because our city code differed from what the guys had installed in other nearby cities.
The two contractors we've worked with and some of their electrical trades guys all tell us pretty much the same thing and they just seem to take it all in stride. Of course it's time and money to them and us but what can you do. It's part of the reason why tract developers don't want to deviate from their plans for homeowner changes--they have it worked out for each model to pass, and changes could throw an unknown monkey wrench into their timeline if the inspector doesn't agree with how they did something.
Hang in there. It's looking great. Did you resolve your water leak problems that I remember reading you had over the winter? Keep the photos coming and the pounds going off! Given what you have accomplished so far (and I don't know anyone who has tackled a project like this by themselves) you are doing great. Quite something to be proud of.
I really appreciate the support I get from this thread. It helps a lot. Especially when I feel like the county is kicking me when I'm down.
On the bright side, since I'm doing all the work myself, I'm saving tons of money on labor and I know every nail that goes in. If something isn't right, I know exactly what I did and I know what I'll have to do to fix it.
Another lucky break for me is that I'm not in any township, so I only have to worry about the county codes. This does make life a bit easier as there are no contrary codes to deal with.
And YES! I did resolve the water leak! Oh, that was a celebration. I had to take up the entire balcony and redo it, then cover it with roofing adhesive and rolled shingle sheeting, but it's waterproof now. We've had some major downpours recently and I haven't seen a drop come through. Just to be safe, I'm going to watch it a bit longer before I close it up for good, but it's very promising the leak is gone.
Posted by Scream1973: Its been sometime since i have been back here but WOW i must say the progress is absolutely amazing.. One thing you could do around the code is buy yourself a copy of the latest NEC Code Book for electrical.. Most citys go by those standards so you are pretty much not going to have alot of issues around that.
Also pickup a copy of the State Building codes for your state.. Both books would probably set ya back around $100 but its money well spent from having to redo a job if you did it not to the inspectors code.
You can also then inquire as a more informed DIY'r if there is any deviations for your locality from the state or national codes.
Posted by Frughoul: Hey TK - been following you since the beginning! Are you still on track to meet your original budget? They can't realistically make you re-do the electrical and exterior walls, can they? Keep your head up!
Ha ha ha ha!!! Budget!? ? ?
Yeah, I guess, if you think about what I spent in 2012, I was on budget for 2012. Now if I look at how far I got and what I still have to do, I'd say another $8,000 to $12,000 should finish the project.
Honestly, I'm nearly there, but some of the material costs have gone up considerably. When I was first budgeting, OSB Sheathing was around $7 a sheet. Now it's $17 a sheet. I can't believe it. I've done most of the expensive purchases already, but I will still need to drywall and put down carpet once the inspections get that far. I'm sure that's going to be an overage.
Posted by Ghost of Spookie: Yeah! on tackling that nasty leak. Glad to hear that.

Hey, are you running electrical outside on the house perimeter for holiday lights?

We added a few additional outlets when our house was being built. Developer was starting to get grumpy with the number I wanted so now during our landscaping project we are adding additional ones around the yard perimeter and to the dining and BBQ pergolas. I really want to do a whole yard walk thru haunt at least one year for my carnival, so they will come in handy for halloween set up. Anyway, thought to mention this to you not to get you to do any "change orders (ka-ching $)", but to let you know we are having to upgrade our electrical receptacle covers to be rated "In Use" (new code from when we built). The ones currently mounted on the house aren't "in use" just watertight, so we'll be replacing those when we paint. All the new receptacles being installed however do require the bigger, bulker covers. Switch covers like at our BBQ and dining pergola just need to be watertight since nothing is being plugged in and raising the cover. I don't love the bulker look but do feel better that when I have my holiday lights plugged in during our rainy winter weather it will be safer and not trip or short. There are a lot of styles of covers out there and in a number of colors, way more than what you find in the hardware stores or at electical distributor stores. Some of them, especially in white or bronze or with certain features, do require a special order...and delay in getting them. We ordered some thru HD's special order desk and it was pretty fast as the Taymac had a warehouse out west.

Just thought I'd mention that so if you haven't gotten around to that part yet, you can check out what code is for your area ahead of time.

We also found out that just because you see it sold in HD or elsewhere in your area, it might not be code for where you want to put something.

I do have some outdoor outlets on the ground level, and I've installed three outdoor outlets on a dedicated breaker for the balcony. I figure that should give me the power I need for lights and props on the second floor. I also have power running to the attic for lights and props.


Entry 136: April 14, 2013
Well, it took me longer than I wanted, and I had to wait out a hail storm, but I managed to start two of the front porch columns. The base is two layers of 1/4" fir with the second (outer) layer having the cut-out. I then cut the crown molding (love my compound meter saw) and put that in place. After that, I added the flare layer and finally the ornamental layer on the top. I'm really happy with the overall look and I like the addition of the half round about an inch under the crown. All those specialty cuts take a lot of time, but the end result is really worth it.

I'm planning to do more and there's another section that goes on the top.



Entry 137: April 16, 2013
Getting closer! Had another meeting with the county yesterday morning. This time, I met with the head of the engineers (because the "difficult" person I've been working with is on vacation) and we got a ton of stuff resolved. Looks like we may have even resolved the height issue of the tower!!

Just a few little things left for the engineer (and one thing for a plumber friend because they tagged a bathroom I put in a few years ago without a permit) and I'm good to go.

I really hope that's a light I see at the end of the tunnel and not a train racing towards me!

COMMENTS:
Posted by Ghost of Spookie: That's great news and glad to see you still have your sense of humor. The porch is looking great. Especially like the guards at the door.
Posted by Stick: Match sure that you go back and talk with the same person with whatever you have to send back to the county.
Posted by Trinity1: Yay!!! So happy to hear that things are starting to run more smoothly for you with all the township stuff. Everything looks amazing! Do you think you'll be done by this coming Halloween? Super excited to see it all come together!
I will definitely be done by this Halloween. The outside of the house is really coming along, and even if I'm not completely done with the interior, it's the outside that people will see in October.


Entry 138: April 18, 2013
Going to try my hand at cutting out some porch brackets. I've come up with two designs, but I'm going to try the top one first. I think the "sun" design might be a bit too western for what I want.



Entry 139: April 19, 2013
Well, I drove up to Harbor Freight this morning and picked up a scroll saw. Nice perk, it was on sale.


I always get excited when a new powertool is unboxed in the garage.


All set up and ready to go. Traced out the pattern of the 10 in by 6 in porch bracket I want to cut out.


Another shot of a bracket traced out and ready to go, along with the paper pattern.


This took me about 45 minutes and two snapped blades to complete. There's definitely a learning curve when it comes to the blade tension.

COMMENTS:
Posted by Ghost of Spookie: That looks great. I would think a little sanding will smooth out any rough edges. So one down and how many to go? Yep, life's a learning curve.
Posted by Hallorenescene: That's very nice, TK
Posted by Raven's Hollow Cemetery: Nice! Yeah, scroll saws are handy for this sort of thing, congrats. A jigsaw is too, but one must be very careful with it, or you'll end up with a good bit of work gluing split pieces back together if the blade binds in any way, shape, or form.
So how many do you have to cut out left?
I can tell you from experience, priming and painting all of those inside corners is going to be fuuuuuun!
posted by Terror Tom: What kind of blades are you using TK? The ones that came with the saw? You might try using a better brand of blades. I prefer Olsons, made in USA. They also sell a spiral blade that does pretty well for scrolling.
I've got a dremel with a small round sander for the finer curves. Should clean it up nicely. I've now got two completely done, and eight more cut out, but I still have to do all the inside cuts.
I started with the blades (2) that came with the saw, but I was smart and purchased another pack of blades when I bought the saw. I knew they'd brake. So far, the first blade out of the replacement pack has lasted through all my cut-outs and is still sharp and going strong.


Entry 140: April 20, 2013
Finished the porch beam trim and topped off two of the columns, then put the two finished brackets up to see how they look.


What used to be a 4x4 post is now decked out with crown molding, half round, and a base of double layers of 1/8" sanded fir plywood with the outer layer cut out.


The top brackets fit perfectly and look great above the crown molding cap.


Another shot of the brackets and top of the porch column.

COMMENTS:
Posted by Terror Tom: Looking great TK! Glad the replacement blades are better.
Posted by S.O.S.: I love it. This is seriously the best thread ever. Keep up the awesome work.
Posted by The Halloween Lady: Wow TK the brackets look spectacular! Everything is really coming together! You must be both proud and elated!

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