Verdict is in, the porch will be coming down

Well, I have to back track on what I thought yesterday as we uncovered the porch ceiling.  The structure of the back porch is definitely undersized.  The roof rafters are only 2×4’s.  Need at least 2×6’s for the span.  So it all comes down.  Plus one is split, and that explains the sag in the roof.

Armed with a saws-all and a wreaking bar I proceeded to start dismantling the back porch which even had square nails in it.  Just to give you an idea of how old it actually is.  Tearing away the ceiling and looking underneath yielded some surprises.  A couple of ceiling rafters are just cobbled together.  I don’t know how it has lasted this long.  They will soon be replaced by new rafters and a redwood deck.

Had to stop early because I got something in my eye.  I had my glasses on, but should have had goggles.  There was so much dust and dirt that I felt like I breathed all of it into my lungs.  Tomorrow I will be armed with goggles, hat and face mask.  This is not girlie stuff.  Should have listened to Norm Abrams “There’s nothing more important than safety goggles.”  Or something like that!!

I had to laugh, as all last night Lynn kept telling me that I needed to go to work today, as they really needed me.  Then he accused me of trying to work him to death.  Now I am exhausted, my eye hurts and the Excedrin hasn’t started working yet.  He must have put a whammy on me.

Getting cleaned-up and ready to go to my second creative writing class at the local library.  Get to hear one of my favorite author’s speak.

I have been taking pictures, all along, of the progress of this little miss-adventure.  I will share those when it is finished.  Hopefully, that will be in the next couple of weeks.  As I will need to refocus on the Dream House once again.  Oh, I hope this doesn’t cut into the budget too much, but a little more than I expected.  It will be worth it in the end.  I keep telling myself this.  🙂

Annie, the demolition diva

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