A Carpenter’s Journal

June 24, 2010


Filed under: Job Progress — Fran Maloney @ 7:32 pm

It was hot and humid today.  We framed the roof of the screen porch.

Roof with Outlookers

The View to Kingston Bay

June 23, 2010

More on Screened Porch

Filed under: Job Progress,Materials — Tags: , , , — Fran Maloney @ 7:29 pm

Looking Down the Post

XML Decking from Timbertec

Posts and LVL Header

ABU66 Post Base

We have the posts up and the front header.  Here are some pictures of the progress.

June 21, 2010

Placing the Big Feet

Filed under: Job Progress — Tags: , , — Fran Maloney @ 5:42 am

We have begun to build a screened porch onto a house that looks out onto Kingston Bay.  It is in a wind zone C in the 110 mph zone so it needs to be built to meet severe requirements to resist uplift.  Because it is an open porch, it will not need to have the same resistance to racking that an enclosed structure would need.  We are placing four footings across a span of 18 feet.  One side of the porch will be bolted to the house and the other will bear on these footings.  They need to be placed four feet deep because of frost and they need to have the bell shaped base provided by the big foot forms.  These provide an expanded bearing area and uplift resistance to wind.  In my experience in this neighborhood, the wet clay soil can also cause cylindrical footings to heave  or creep upward in a deep freeze.  So we have dug these down 4 feet, placed the bigfeet and will add 4 number 5 rebar vertically in each hole before placing the concrete.

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