Thursday, June 23, 2011

A porch is born

Wow, It's been a while since I've updated. It's because we had a LOT of work to do, and lot of long days. I'm going to break this up into two updates: one detailing all of the fabrication that's been done, and one for what happened today.
The big issue we were working on is the porch. For the sake of awesome, we decided to cantilever it. For the community skill set we have, this means steel. Quite a bit of it. We also needed to finish the window and door frames (fabrication and placement), the skylight, vent holes and pipes, and lay out the wiring and outlet/switch placement. Paul the contractor did the electrical and it's pretty much like magic, and it's all officially done today. The reason we needed to finish all of the welding is.... we get insulation tomorrow! And since Alan has already started a kitchen fire with a welder, we really don't want to catch our insulation on fire. It's just a smidge toxic. In addition to that, I took a bad trip and landed poorly, and have been too busy pitying myself and poking my bruises to update. Also, you'll be able to see why we ran over budget..

Without further delay...a porch. My dad was able to come down to help us with part of this, which was super exciting!

The deck of the porch consists of 50" 3"x3" square stock spaced every four feet. You can see most of them tacked on here, with part of our outdoor
storage/water heater wall being placed on the end.

Alan Sr. and my dad work on the roof supports/wall of the water heater closet



The first of the uprights, awning supports, and handrail.

The rest of the uprights, awning supports, and handrail. Alan and his dad were up until 4:30 this morning getting this welding finished.

Here's Alan welding the window frame in. Can you tell what he's doing wrong? The answer will
be at the end of this update.

Our end cap wall is in place now! It really gives the whole thing a sense of what it's really going to look like.

As for the little test...Alan is welding without a jacket, meaning this happened. Don't be stupid like Alan, it hurts. These are U.V. burns from the arc AND blisters (hard to see) from stuff popping while welding.

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