Posting a Post on Posts

Happy Labor Day Everyone,

Windy and pleasant weekend.  Worked on finishing up a porch post.  Painted and striped it.  Then we put it up and took two more down to work on.  This has been a cumbersome job the way we were doing it.  We were taking them completely apart and Lynn came up with the idea that we would just take off one side and drop the solid core into the middle and put the piece back on top.  Now why didn’t I think of that?  The thought was to run it through the band saw and do it that way, but those are 8 foot posts and would be quite a job handling the bulky post.  If you remember from previous posts, no pun intended.  The posts were hollow and the original glue failed.  Well a picture is worth a thousand words, so here goes.

Taped and painted the colors on the turned post
Taped and painted the colors on the turned post

Here comes the wind and the dust.

Dust storm headed this way.
Dust storm headed this way.

Two more posts ready to take the top off and drop in a solid core.  We decided that it might be easier to do it with a skill saw than a band saw.  Well I don’t like handling the skill saw, so that little chore is all Lynn’s.  The band saw I would try as I feel more confident with a stationary piece rather that something I could actually drop on my toes.  Too clumsy for a skill saw.

Raw posts needing attention
Raw posts needing attention

As you can see there are a lot of cracks to be glued and Bondo’ed and primed and painted then striped and finished.  I bet someone could turn that into a country song.  🙂

Look at the cracks in the posts where the glue has failed
Look at the cracks in the posts where the glue has failed

Hmm, even bigger cracks.  That large crack will be the top that we take off on this post.

Bigger crack
Bigger crack

 

See what I mean by hollow?  There are actually two wide sides and two narrow sides.  We will be taking off one of the wide sides.

Hollow posts which had been glued with inferior glue.
Hollow posts which had been glued with inferior glue.

Makes a nice trenched-out post.  Nice working outside when it is beautiful.

One with the top taken off
One with the top taken off

Another angle as you can see how the glue has failed.  We will be using construction Type II Elmers Carpenter Glue.  With our research, that is the glue that holds up better in exterior projects.  We used it on two previous post that we did 3 years ago and they are holding up really well.  With a good primer and paint, they will last for years.

This is the one where we will glue in a two piece solid core.
This is the one where we will glue in a two piece solid core.
Clamped and drying.
Clamped and drying.

One will be ready for putting Bondo on and sanding and more Bondo and more sanding.  I’m gonna be a busy girl this week.

Give the glue a chance to cure overnight.
Give the glue a chance to cure overnight.

Only six more to go.  Going to have burn some of the after-work oil.  No rest for the wicked as they say.  Just hope the weather holds along with my stamina.  They both have a good chance of wavering.

Annie, the novice post repair princess 🙂

 

One more weekend left with the lift

Ever have one of those days? Yeah, one of those days, when you shouldn’t touch anything electronic or anything that can in any way hurt you. Ugh. I took Saturday off and rested a little and thought I would get lots done today. Well, I don’t usually get all that I envision done, but today was pretty pitiful.

I did finish painting the 42 shakes that we had cut. So I can draw a line through that on my list.  It will at least finish the one dormer. Through the winter we should get the others cut and I can start painting in the spring.   Only about 200 more.

Now for post #3. You would think after I had done two of these it would get easier. Didn’t happen. This one was a son-of-a-gun. I thought I was being really careful, but I managed to really bungle this one up. Not a total loss as I can fix it, but still not easy. The bad part is, in prying it apart I dropped the one side (the heavy side) right on my baby toe. It is broke. I don’t need a Dr. to tell me that, but there just isn’t anything that you can do, but try not to aggravate it. Needless to say it slowed me down a little.

Lynn was snapping and snarling the whole day too.  Got to love it, can’t wait until I retire and we get to enjoy each others’ company 24/7.  He did manage to get up in the lift and put some of the metal around the fascia.  We are using metal as the wood will not hold a paint finish of any kind on the front which is the weather side.    Getting ready to add more siding or work on the other dormer.  Next weekend we will try to put the other stain glass window up.  Anyway that is the plan.

I am back to work now and won’t be able to keep dogging Lynn, but hopefully he will try to get some more done before we take the lift back a week from Monday.  So next weekend with be a busy one.  Then it will be clean-up time and take all the paint and glues and all things that can’t freeze into our storage closet, so they can make it through our cold winters.

The plans for next spring are to get started earlier and maybe rent the lift for a couple of months.  The bad part about spring is we tend to get more rain and the weather isn’t quite as predictable.  We haven’t had any measurable rain for about 3 months now.  But it feels like it may be a cold winter.

I did take a few pictures and hope to have a picture of the completed dormer next weekend.  With all my grumbling today, I really love working on this dream house and can’t wait to see it completed so I can get started on a potting shed, maybe a chicken coop, paint and clean up the horse paddocks and on and on and on……

Boy my little pinky hurts and it is turning black and blue.  Looks like I will be wearing flip-flops a few more weeks.

Annie, the clumsy novice carpenter.

House wrapped before the porch was put on

House with the porch added this was the end of 2011

10-7 progress

1st finished post

Working on the posts on the front porch

Just a little more and the dormer is finished