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Porch maintenance

We completed the porch about 7 years ago. The deck is Douglas Fir and we used Penofin Verde to seal it sometime around July 2011. It weathered nicely but was time for a little preventative maintenance. The sun and rain can do some damage.

The south and west sides get more sun and were starting to look thirsty and the end boards were starting to crack and shrink. The north side was starting to grow a greenish tint from lack of sun.

We did some light sanding with a 5″ hand sander to remove the dirt and gray weathered surface to reveal that beautiful red cedar color. Then we applied a new coat of the same Penefin stain.

7 years was a bit long. We’ll likely need to do this again in about 5 years. It is more work to maintain natural wood with natural stains, but the benefit is that the porch looks new again.

Porch finished, for now

Still have a bit of painting, but the framing, siding and trim are complete. Porch is now the storage area for the remaining siding.

Metal roof materials for the porch and roofets should arrive next week. Getting the remaining metal roofs finished is high priority because it’s holding up completing the siding work and, believe it or not, the leach field. We are using a scissor lift to install the siding and roofs and it’s too heavy to drive over the leach field, so we have to finish at least the south side before we can install the leach field.

In the mean time we paint siding, a lot. All weekend, every weekend. I’m also trying to find someone to install gutters, 6″ half rounds, aluminum in Tuxedo Gray, with 4″ downspouts. We’re also hoping to start the sheetrock on the second floor ceiling soon so we can do our first blower door test sometime in early September.

Porch updates

We’re making some progress with the porch. Warren’s completed the porch ceiling and most of the siding under the porch roof. The electrical outlet box and wood plate are in. He’s also trimmed out the roof and nailed up half the soffit boards.

We had some tall help visiting this weekend. Art din’t even need a ladder to paint the porch ceiling. We paid him with food, beer and a stay in the log cabin.

A bit more trim around the roof and ceiling, and a little more siding on the roof and we’re pretty close to finishing the porch for now. We’re ordering the metal roof for the porch and roofets this week. We will be adding temporary stairs and handrails as well. We’ve decided to wait and finish trimming out the rest of the porch deck later in the year. Then we’ll add a more permanent stairs and railing.

July updates

It’s hard to imagine that it’s already August!

We’ve been busy with porch framing, painting the siding, sealing the deck, insulating water pipes and framing the last interior wall for the ASHP.

We still have a long way to go with the siding, but we’re getting a jump on the second coat of stain on the weekends. The Cabot acrylic stain really goes on well and the color (Thicket) looks great.

Warren and crew have completed the porch framing and deck, and about about a third of the ceiling v-groove. We sealed the edges of the porch deck this weekend. Bernie thinks we built the porch just for her. (The sealer is really to protect the deck from her drool.)

We’ve finished insulating most of the plumbing pipes in the 2nd floor. There is one area where the pipes are too close together to use individual foam wraps, so we’re going to try spray foam.

And finally the last interior wall. The refrigerant copper tubing for the interior unit of the ASHP can’t be bent in a tight radius, so we built a double stud wall at the stair to allow the tubing to bend more graciously. There is only a gap of an inch between the two walls. The tubing goes diagonally down to the lower right corner then through the first landing and out the exterior wall. The condensate drain also goes through this double wall. It passes through the second landing into the pantry to drain in the washer / dryer drain.

August promises to be even busier.

Porch framing begins

Despite the several downpours today, they were able to start framing the west side porch. All framing is pressure treated. The deck will be Douglas Fir. We’re using Penofin Verde to seal the deck. It is the best ‘green’ sealer we could find locally. Later in the year we will trim out the pressure treated. For now, we’re just going with the bare minimum till we have a better idea of the final budget and move-in date.

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