Progress on putting up the BEAM!
A brief history -
The columns in the front of the house were quite rotten from being
watered regularly for 20+ years. In tearing them down I discovered dry
rot and insects in the main beam. So I cut the beam off and found the
insects were just local but now I needed to replace the beam.
After much thought and procrastination a neighbor came by last
Halloween('06) and offered to give me a replacement beam. After some
I got the beam, sanded it down and primered it. Finally after cutting
it it came time to put it up. This is the first step of that project.
I nearly finished putting up the beam yesterday but ran into a problem.
The beam won't fit into the slot as you can see in the last shot. This
explains why the piece of wood in the front of the unit is bent out of
shape. I suspect the original guys horsed it into place. Guess I have
to cut about a 1/4 inch to widen the slot.
I solved the problem by taking about a quarter inch off the cross beam
instead of the slots.
I got the whole thing up and supported by the jack posts. I'm not happy
with how the beam abuts the old beam. I also need to trim some off the
length of the beam.
Beam to beam problem
Final beam pictures. I got the pieces to fit together perfectly.
Now on to building the posts...
Added Nov 20, 2007
I finally designed the posts and began building.
Note the way the 2x6's nicely fit over the footings. Very solid.
Nice shot of columns
I covered the column closest to the house with 3/8" plywood and caulked
and screwed it into place. After looking at it I decided the column was
too wide. So I built the front column smaller too see if it looked good
- it did.
Smaller post base
Posts with plywood - You can't tell from this
picture that the posts are different sizes.
I'm much happier with the smaller size. I then ripped down the larger
post nearest the house. This turned out to be a major problem because
the caulk had glued the wood together. After much hassle I finally got
the plywood off and the column down.
Added March 2, 2008
Painted beam and posts
I finally got around to painting the posts. I'd been waiting for the
weather to get better. I think I will be repainting the posts
themselves. The final plan is to have them stuccoed but at least it
nolonger looks like a construction project.