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Built a Wheelchair Ramp

Category: Home Improvements | Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:10 am

Spent the afternoon/evening/night today with my husband building an ADA-compliant wheelchair ramp for a family member. Not quite finished (needs handrails and rest of the curbing) but it is very strong and safe and functional as-is. We tested it out at 10:30 pm and it works great. The corner platform is 5' x 5' and the ramp itself it 4' wide. 24 feet total length. It's built in the garage for all-season access.

3/4 inch plywood, strong 2x4 framing with plenty of reinforcement. The black line is visibility paint (not a crack or gap!) since we used the top step of the old stairs as the first short section outside the door.

( photo / image / picture from Pianolady's Garden )


( photo / image / picture from Pianolady's Garden )

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Vinyl Siding Completed

Category: Home Improvements | Posted: Fri Sep 21, 2012 12:59 am

The end of the summer also brings the end of the contractors. I guess we're back to DIY-land.

Before: It actually looked pretty good from the front before we resided the house...unfortunately, that was the only place it looked pretty good.


After


This is the "scary" side of the house to paint, I'm sure happy we won't have to think about that again.
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After


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After


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Slow Progress

Category: Home Improvements | Posted: Sun Aug 05, 2012 7:46 pm

Now we've gotten so busy that we've had almost no progress on the deck. One of these days it'll get finished... siding isn't in yet, thank goodness.

Did manage to get some more painting done yesterday (south concrete wall). We're sure going to be matchy-matchy on the paint and siding, but I couldn't think of a contrast color (and it was free to use the paint I already have). And of course, something came up and I can't finish the rest of it today! I'm starting a new job in 10 days, was really hoping we'd be done with everything by then, but it's not looking likely.



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Sat on the New Deck for First Time Today

Category: Home Improvements | Posted: Sun Jul 29, 2012 9:31 pm

No it's not finished, but I could sit on it and enjoy the shade for a while. You can get an idea how the decking pattern will look now.





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Oops Part Two

Category: Home Improvements | Posted: Fri Jul 27, 2012 4:55 pm

This is a minor error in judgement, but a major time hog, so I'm taking care of it today while my husband's at work. If you are going to deck seal the joists, tape it before you hang them! What a PIA to do so afterwards. I think my husband was just going to forget it and go on, but I think not! Fifteen done, seven to go for today, and probably a couple more later. This dumb thing is going to take five hours, would have been done in less than one hour had we taped them before installation. Oh well, at least it's cooler today!



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Oops!

Category: Home Improvements | Posted: Sun Jul 22, 2012 3:39 pm

This is what happens when you buy the wrong length of board, and discover it after you've returned the rental truck. It wasn't pretty, but it got the job done.





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Deck Footings

Category: Home Improvements | Posted: Tue Jul 17, 2012 7:48 pm

Deck Footings aren't exciting, but a must. Went down 42" just like the garage footings. Not something to skimp on, especially on a 2nd story deck. Let's just say the original footings weren't adequate (24-30"). Shame on that contractor, not even up to code (nothing about the deck he built was)! Hubby took a vacation day to get it done, at least he got paid for it.





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Today's Plan of Attack!

Category: Home Improvements | Posted: Sun Jul 08, 2012 1:09 pm

It might rain this morning, so I'm waiting for that to pass. We'll be thrilled if it actually does rain though. I did get the 2nd coat of paint on the garage doors last night, and it looks like it won't need a third coat, so I'm done with that.



If it doesn't rain on my porch posts, I'll do one more coat of primer to cover the patched areas, and then the topcoat and they will also be finished.

Then I'll help hubby mark the deck dimensions and where the posts will go, then we'll dig out the old concrete piers. Not sure we'll get anything more than that done today. Depends on rain timing I suppose. Finally I have a couple flats of 4" perennials to plant, they were clearing them out at $.50 each. I can never pass that up.

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Where We Are Today

Category: Home Improvements | Posted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 7:42 pm

Here's our home when we purchased it.


Prior to new windows with shutters already removed.


With the new windows. We decided the fake shutters had to go, we're trying for clean lines.


I'm considering eliminating the screen door if I can talk hubby into it, and paint the front door a bright color.


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Exterior Window Trim Finished

Category: Home Improvements | Posted: Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:09 pm

The exterior trim got wrapped today. Now we wait for our vinyl siding to come in. Got to get rolling on that deck! Photos are a little skewed, everything is straight and level.







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