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Our green Porch

Monday, June 28, 2010

 

Last year we ran across a craiglslisting, for a free deck, just take it down.

to my regret we did not take any photos. but it was a dual layer deck 20x25 and 20x15, with railings and stairs.

after 3 days of tear down and removing. we stack the wood behind our house till this spring.

And then we de nailed , and removed the bolts.. Easier than it sounds.

My neighbor is a scrapper so all those when to him!! Go recycle..

 

Got our city permits, wow expensive I may add.

 

Cut the boards to length. yoo-hoo I learned how to use a table saw, measuring twice and cutting once. Some of the ends were bad, so they did get thrown out, as you can not burn treated lumber.

I then learned how to use a chaulk line(for straight lines), and a post hole digger , which I may add I don't like any more!!!!LOL

we then started on the base of the deck(3 decks actually) the MANque(boyfriends Non girly bbq area), main floor, and upper deck( because we have central air it needed to be higher).

Then we laid the flooring. More table saw and measuring. But what we did not use went to neighbors for their projects. 1 is part of a ramp for wheelchair bound little girl.. parts of the railing went to another neighbor for her deck. And most of the railing we reused for a fence in our back yard ( see photos)!!!!

Next I learned about a belt sander and wood putty.. to fill all the extra holes from the used wood.

wow never thought it would take that long(5 days)  but the end result was worth it!!!

We went to lowes Got to love clearance paint. we wanted Cabots paint but reluctant at 36$ a gallon, I found 2 gallons , semi close in color,(what they call misTint paint) for 10$ a piece!!!! Woohoo.

Taking a break!! next blog painting

With the stripping, filling painting all done whewww.

The arm rails we had left from the porch removal.. hmm what to do with them. Our backyard boarders a city park. And people sneak threw our yard. The city refused to put up a new fence.. So we recycled once again. See attached photos!!!

Our next project is putting the sides up. Some time this week will start..

Craiglist list once again I found a 7 step stairs for 30$ what a huge money saver!!! I installed with a few nails, and bolts actually very easy, will take pics soon.

Whew we got a couple walls up, and allot of the framing done I will post some more pics later >>Outside to saw again... sure my neighbors love me  LOL

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post holes 1

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Learning about a post hole digger. Ooohhh what fun

post hole 2

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Our dog bossy

Main deck

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Using wood from craigslist, a free deck come take it down!!

main deck 2

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Wow teens do work...LOL

Upper deck

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All the wood has been denailed, and cut to size. belt sanded tosmooth out rough spots

upper deck 2

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Learning to square the wood was fun

almost done with decking

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Our dogs love it!!!

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ready to strip.

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filling in holes oh what fun

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filling in holes oh what fun

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Installed mesh tarp from harbor freight

Upper deck

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Manque

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Our own version of BBQ , where I'm forbidden to put any plants or female touches LMAO>

Main deck

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with a patio set (Wrought Iron)including a BBQ,couch,rocking chair, and chair we rescued from been scapped.... and needless to say my winter project of making new cushion covers and refinishing the iron..

main deck 2

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Our neighbor gave us the cigarette butt stand , because it had a dent in it.. looking for ideas to cover it up!!

Table and chairs

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What a find!!! it may be plastic but it is in awesome condition.. rescued from the trash man... What a little soap and water does...

rescued treasure

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My son subcontracts for a contruction company.. they were gonna trow this out .and along with a complete wrought iron patio set... He thought of us... my neighbor let us borrow his pick up.. GOD LOVE HIM!! and we are now off to projects added to the HUNNEYDO list..

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wow that sun is hot.. so we purchased a mesh tarp from harbor freight for 30$

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My tomatoes love the deck..

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walls

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back fence

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recycled hand rails from porch take down!

back fence

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back fence

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My grand kids love this!!!!!!!!!

back fence

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A neighbor moved out and gave us some retainer bricks so we mad a mini garden. We purchased plants on clearance at lowes for like 2-3 dollars apiece. cant wait till next year to see how they grow.

back fence

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mmmmmm Strawberries like it back here.

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Nice Deck!
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 | By begonia

I don't think that 5 days is bad for this big a project! I agree with you that mistints are great. The whole interior of our house is painted with mistints. (Even small hardware stores that mix paint will have them. You sometimes just have to ask.)

It is great that you got the materials for tearing the deck out. My husband recently helped a friend clear out the garage of a person who was moving and just wanted the stuff gone. He got enough lumber to complete a project in the kitchen/living room (He needs to move and rebuild a wall to replace our worn out wall oven.) for helping load and move it. He even got me another metal laundry rack out of the deal!

Nice to hear about your experiences. Looking forward to you next post. Begonia


Cement porch
Tuesday, July 06, 2010 | By gogalyboo

pressure washed the patio with plain water with a wide, low-pressure tip in the nozzle

or
Oxygen Bleach is much more eco friendly and does a good job of cleaning mold. If you don't have a power washer, spray on the oxygen bleach (peroxide based cleaner) and let it soak as long as possible without it drying. Then scrub with a stiff brush and rinse with water hose.


awsome
Monday, July 26, 2010 | By Deondreai

i wish i had every thing free


Loving craigslist
Tuesday, September 21, 2010 | By gogalyboo

Many good things free, as long as you can clean or fix it up!!


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Single mom of 3 boys, originally from Warren, Michigan. Learning daily about power tools, and frugal ways.

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