A Carpenter’s Journal

July 27, 2014

Shelter for a Pizza Oven

Filed under: Architecture,Job Progress,Materials — Fran Maloney @ 8:09 am


November 6, 2012

Bathroom Remodel in an Antique Cape
































This job was in an old cape in Duxbury built in 1808.  It was post and beam framed.  The beams and posts were some kind of hardwood which I could not identify, very hard and reddish in color,  with marks of the adze visible.  In another old cape we remodeled here I found a King George III coin which I gave to the owners.  While pulling the ceiling down here, along with squirrels nests, blown in insulation, wood lath, horsehair plaster and 200 years of dirt swept through the cracks of the floor boards. There was one artifact, a piece of an old slingshot.  It had a very old type of cord woven from hemp.

The waste pipe from the upstairs bathroom had been leaking and the main beam it passed by and the outside sill adjacent to it were wet and mouldy but still structurally sound.  There were some other beams that were rotten but the rot looked old and not due to this leak.  The beam in the middle of the house and its intersecting beam had sagged considerably over the years relative to the perimeter built on stone.  The result was that the floor was out of level by about 2 inches in 7 feet.  I ended up rebuilding the floor by adding joists 16 oc between the beams and placing floor jacks on blocks under the sags and partially lifting the sag out of the beams.  I also used the new joists and subfloor to cheat the new floor much closer to level.



April 30, 2012

Newell and Balustrade

Filed under: Architecture,Materials — Fran Maloney @ 1:09 pm

I replaced a contemporary railing from the 1970s with this one.  The newell is built up on the old 4×4 oak posts.  The railing was an oak 2×6 with flat oak balusters attached to the side.  I removed it and built the knee wall up to the height of the inside skirt.  The balusters are pre-finished pine 1 1/4 inches on a side.  The railing is beech.  The owner intends to give the railing a dark stain and to paint the rest.







January 22, 2012

Woven Valleys

Filed under: Job Progress,Materials — Fran Maloney @ 11:30 am

This house in Hingham has a multitude of intersecting rooves all with woven valleys.  I am stripping and re-roofing about 12 square of 18″ red cedar perfections.  The weather has been good until now for roofing, although a bit cold.  I am hoping the snow melts off the next section before tomorrow.

December 2, 2011

Victorian Porch

Filed under: Architecture,Job Progress,Materials,Trimwork — Tags: — Fran Maloney @ 9:43 am

This is a porch we did about 8 years ago. The decorative parts including the railings and posts were custom made from cypess with the intention of having it last forever. It is on the north side of the house and is always damp. Everything was sealed on all sides before installation. There must have been a bad lot of cypress in the mix because after only 5 or 6 years the parts on shadiest part of the porch began to rot. This picture is of the repairs we are making.

August 18, 2011

Tile Surround

Filed under: Bathrooms,Job Progress,Materials — Tags: — Fran Maloney @ 5:44 am

After finishing the dormers in Hingham, I moved on by myself to tile a couple of bathrooms.  Here are some pictures of one of them.

December 12, 2010

Travertine Floor

Filed under: Materials — Tags: , , — Fran Maloney @ 8:10 am
We just finished a travertine floor.  Travertine is a beautiful crystalline material with a surprising variety of warm earthy colors including red, pink, caramel, whites and greys, and beige.  These tiles came in 12 by 12 inch squares one half inch thick.  They had a multitude of random cavities on the surface that were filled with an epoxy material.  Some of them, especially the ones with the most interesting patterns were too easily broken into pieces.  It seemed rather porous and soft for a flooring material but we will be sealing it twice, once before grouting and once after.   

Travertine Floor

November 17, 2010

Stainless Steel Cable Railings

Filed under: Architecture,Materials — Tags: , , — Fran Maloney @ 8:02 am

Last week we finished the porch we began in the summer.  The owners spent some time researching exactly the kind of railing for the enclosed part of the porch.  they wanted a system that would not obscure the view of the bay.   The cables and cable fittings were ordered from Feeney Architectural and the top rail was made by AGS Stainless.

Base attachment for Central Post

Completed Railing

Rail Attachment

October 14, 2010

Retractable Screens

Filed under: Architecture,Materials — Tags: , , — Fran Maloney @ 6:50 am

Retractable Screens

Much thought was given to how to screen the porch we built near Kingston Bay.   After researching and pricing fixed screen panels, none of which were buildable without an intervening central support due to the size of the openings we had, we finally decided to investigate retractable screens.  This turned out to be an excellent way to go.  We were able to recess the housing into the trim under the headers and the aluminum tracks are unobtrusive and are matched almost exactly to the trim color.  When the screens are retracted, they are completely out of sight.   To open them, they easily pull down and attach to magnetic catches on the floor.  At the two doorways they pull from the side.  I would highly recommend this system.  They function well,  and in bad weather or when you do not want them, they virtually disappear.

July 14, 2010

Back to Work

Filed under: Job Progress,Materials — Tags: , , — Fran Maloney @ 7:59 pm

I have been away.  I drove with my son to Laramie Wyoming where he is entered in a graduate program to earn his PhD.  Yesterday we installed the railings where we could.  There is still some decking that needs to be changed and we are making some changes to the configuration of the stairs.  The railings are from TimberTech as is the decking.  The railing system was pretty quick and easy to install.  The balusters are made from pvc but the handrail is made from composite which is a little stiffer and does not feel so much like plastic.  We will be installing lighting in some of the posts and railings which can be purchased as part of the system.  The decking is the Extreme Low Maintenance line also known as XML.  The color is Desert Bronze.  It looks good and was easy to install even on a diagonal.  We did have one problem; a few milky white spots developed in the new decking after we put it down.  The sales rep came right out and took pictures of it and said he would get back to us with an explanation.

The gutters were installed yesterday by Donohue gutters out of Scituate Massachusetts.  They did a neat job especially compared to some companies who have done gutters for us. 

Railings with Cap

Seamless Gutters

Railings and Decking
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