Beach house #41 – Starting on the back

Ugh, you guys, I had been dreading working on the back porch for so long. Putting it off because frankly, it was out of my comfort zone – WAY out of my comfort zone.

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I can’t believe I didn’t get a better “before” picture, but the amount of termite damage rivaled what we found on the front porch. Remember?

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Well, maybe not quite that bad. But still not good.

I was putting this off because in order to replace the support posts on either side, I was going to have to first jack up the whole roof.

Josh was super encouraging.

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He asked me to remind him what company our life insurance policy was with.

In the end, it turned out to just not be that big of a deal. I got a $19 jack from Lowe’s and built a sort of doubled up stud/ram thing that reached the roof. I hacked out enough base plate to enable the jack to sit firmly on concrete, and then I just started cranking that lever til the 4×4 beam raised up about one inch from the top of the posts.

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Easy as pie. Or box-mix brownies. Or something else that’s easy, because pie really isn’t all that easy. Delicious, though.

Mmmm, pie.

Ahem!

So yeah, that’s what happened as soon as I gave the newly-freed post a few good whacks. Fun times.

The bottom was easy – practically nothing there but a single skinny, rusted-out bolt, and the wood was so rotted that it just disintegrated. The top though, was held in place by what I swear were tent stakes. The sawzall made quick work of those, though, and then a little bit of work later…

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Voila. A proper anchor, complete with base plate that will prevent future termite infiltration.

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And a new, pressure treated post.

Yay for not-falling-down-houses! And for not collecting life insurance!

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