Back Porch Rot

Project by SteveMcc posted 01-20-2010 03:13 AM 3439 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife lived in this house for over 12 years before we got married. About 5 years ago she had a new roof put on and the roofers told her there was some rot over the door on the back porch. They repaired the decking and said it was because of leaf build up in the valley of the roof over the porch.
The screen door had been missing for quite some time, the screen gone. My wife had not used the porch in over 9 years.
You will see by the pictures that there was a lot of rot in the header up against the brick. I started pulling down facia, soffit and cutting the header back until I didn’t find rot. The header was doubled, so I had to stagger the two pieces in order to marry them with new wood. Thank goodness for my Fein Multimaster. After much effort, I was able to replace the header with less than 1/8 of an inch gap. Then I proceeded to replace other posts, bottom plates, etc before re-screening the entire porch.
In the last shot, you can see where I replaced two sliding doors with two french doors earlier in the spring. One set is for the master b/r, and the other closest to the fireplace goes into the living room.

-- Steve, Fayetteville, Ga.

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posted 01-23-2010 07:32 PM

Nice work!


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posted 01-31-2010 03:22 AM

Well, it looks llike she uses that porch now. It’s gorgeous!

-- Janice

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posted 01-31-2010 08:14 PM

Thank you for the comments. Janice, my wife spent a lot of time decorating the porch last summer and she spent a lot of time sitting in the rocking chair, critiquing the decorations. Many re-arrangements later and it seemed to suit her. LOL
Last fall there were several days where we opened up both sets of french doors to let the fresh air in. Regretfully, by the time I got enough wood together to burn in the fireplaces, it was just a wee bit too chilly to sit on the porch and enjoy it. Spring isn’t that far away and I will have some firewood left over.
Thanks to both of you for your comments.

-- Steve, Fayetteville, Ga.

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