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Screened porch

He called me in the spring and needed his porch rescreened.  At the time I was busy and he wanted it done soon, so he found someone else.  Towards the end of fall he called again.  The someone else was a no show.  This time I had a few days open and I said I’d be glad to do his job.

The previous homeowner who built this porch had his own way of doing things.  Though not built to any building code, it appeared well supported and safe enough to work on.

I removed all the old nylon screen and plastic screen tracks.  The sill boards were made from regular pine lumber and were beginning to rot so I replaced them with 5/4 treated lumber.

Red 3/4″cedar strips were secured to the treated lumber sills, and then black aluminum screen stapled to that.  Another layer of 1/2″ red cedar was screwed to that to sandwich the screen between the two.

Aluminum screen and cedar are a good combination.  The manufacturer says do not staple aluminum screen directly to treated lumber as the screen may decompose.

The screen turned out nicely and is almost invisible.

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Fireplace wall

This was a fun project and I’d like to do more of these installations.  The wall was bumped out about 6″ to accommodate an electric fireplace and a ultra flat screen TV.

New electric was ran for the fireplace so that it would be on it’s own circuit.  These types of heating units can draw a lot of amps and sharing the line with other devices is to be avoided.

The TV being ultra flat has it’s components in a separate box that sits on a shelf that was created within the wall behind the TV.

There is room below the TV for a hearth and above the TV for a mantle is desired.

Overall I was very pleased with this project.

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Basement garage remodel

Soffit boxes enclosing duct work.

This is a basement garage in a new house being framed for drywall.  (The house was built by someone else.) Today I’m working on the soffit boxes on the ceiling to enclose the duct work.  Tomorrow will begin the soffits near the overhead garage doors which when open will come uncomfortably close to the finished product.  Since the garage is in the basement and the living area is above the garage, building code requires this area to be finished.