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IT230s I would cover any exterior lumber with a vapor barrier. I would suggest ice&water sheild at the very least 30lb felt paper. you are doing great
 

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That looks better then the damaged wood and at least it was caught before any other damage was done. After all the time that the concrete was there and that is all the damage you had I say you got lucky. The pressure treated wood should do good and with the assistance of a pest control program your home is now protected.
Yes I did get lucky. Mainly because most of the rain/snow/bad weather comes from the north & west while this is on the southeast side of the house. Get sun 90% of the time. If it had been the other side it would have been a lot worse.
What also saved it was the modular builder put metal flashing over the floor that was exposed outside the front door. I only had to cut about 10" back to replace that. I plan on putting new metal over that and seal the heck out of it.
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IT230s I would cover any exterior lumber with a vapor barrier. I would suggest ice&water sheild at the very least 30lb felt paper.
probably put some type of VB under neath the metal. Probably ice shield as it is a small area & cost would not be an issue.

I'm also replacing the plywood soffit underneath the overhang with PT plywood, seal any cracks/openings and probably put an oil based sealer on it.

I also think I will get yearly pest control done too. Never had issues with carpenter ants before, but after seeing what they can do, it will be money well spent.
 

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Nice progress, John..........looking good!
Thanks. It's turning into a longer repair than I was hoping, but in the long run will be worth it. I was dying this weekend working out there with the heat. That area doesn't get shade till about 3PM this time of year. Thank God for the pool cause I took a break almost every hour to jump in, cool off and get the sawdust and grime off me.
 

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Another update. First picture is where I left off before the holidays. All the new lumber in and ready for buttoning up. Second picture is the end of yesterday. Got the new vapor barrier in & sheet metal over that. Caulked the &&%%$ out of it. Got some heavy thunderstorms later last night and everything was good & dry this morning. I was gonna put the indoor /outdoor carpet over it today but the kids came over and we hung out by the pool all afternoon.
Now time to finish up the plans for deck and get that underway. Won't probably be until after Labor Day
 

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Update: Borrowed a friend's 3 PH post hole digger. He only had a 6" auger so I bought a 12" from TSC. So while the Mrs. was splitting wood yesterday, Tim and I drilled the holes for the deck post footings. Didn't go to bad. Only busted one shear pin in our rocky/clay soil. Cleaned them out late yesterday and today to about 42". Will call the inspector tomorrow for inspection and hopefully pour concrete next week.
 

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Update:
Got a little more done. Saturday was setting the sono-tubes for pouring concrete. Inspector came out last Thursday and OKed everything. I had to move one pier in cause I measured wrong.:00000060: And of course hit a big rock. So had to hand dig that out so I could get post hole auger in & get down to depth. (closest pier in second picture)

While I was setting up & digging rock out, some local yokel stopped by. I think his name is Mike (Newsman). We chatted for a bit and showed him around. When I asked if he wanted to help, all of a sudden he was in a hurry to leave.:tango_face_surprise
Actually it was nice to put a face to a name on MTF. Thanks for stopping by Mike!

Any way some pictures:
setting sono-tubes, tubes filled with concrete (today), & a helpful tool. Got 4 of the 6 poured, so schedule completion of piers next weekend if we don't get snow. It did flurry a little while I was pouring concrete.
 

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It did flurry a little while I was pouring concrete.
Yeah John, your wife was telling me it would probably be a "cold day in he!! by the time this project was finished.":tango_face_devil:
And if I wanted to play in the dirt digging out large rocks I could've stayed home in my own rock pile. Really don't understand what's taking so long on this project. Your son muscled out the big rock before sharpening up the chainsaw to start cutting up more of your pile of logs, which your wife is stacking. All you have to doe is mix some concrete and drink a beer! :trink40:
Was good to meet you. If you need any more useless advice just give me a call and I'll be right over.
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Yeah John, your wife was telling me it would probably be a "cold day in he!! by the time this project was finished.":tango_face_devil:
And if I wanted to play in the dirt digging out large rocks I could've stayed home in my own rock pile. Really don't understand what's taking so long on this project. Your son muscled out the big rock before sharpening up the chainsaw to start cutting up more of your pile of logs, which your wife is stacking. All you have to doe is mix some concrete and drink a beer! :trink40:
Was good to meet you. If you need any more useless advice just give me a call and I'll be right over.
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At least I got the chimney cleaned late Friday afternoon, so when it's cold as he!!, I can come inside after working on it & warm up. Besides good work takes time and it's tough to get good help these days.

Tim was just trying to help us all out and work on his truck at the same time. He was going to the Jets game on Sunday & might have felt a little guilty leaving us to fend for ourselves.
 

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Another hurdle cleared, John <img src="http://www.mytractorforum.com/images/smilies/fing32.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Fing32" class="inlineimg" />
Ellis, not quite. Got two more to pour but forecast doesn't look good for the weekend. We'll see though. May have to put up the EZ Up to get them done.
 

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It's been awhile since last post. Just wanted to update.
Finally got the last two piers poured beginning of November in between rain. Since then it's been more rain, then freezing temps, and 10" of snow. Snow is all gone but ground is half frozen and weather on the weekends has not cooperated. Can't even level around piers due to half frozen/muddy ground. I might set anchors and posts, but looks like it will be spring before anything else gets done.
 

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Update.
Weather has not really been cooperating for weekend work on the front porch. Managed to get some levelling done over the early spring & grass seed. Anchors and posts set but that's about it.
 

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Well! Glad to see your back at it on the porch project. Now I know why we're scheduled to get rain for most of the week and part of next weekend. You know John, you might have a future as a "Rainmaker." You go to places that are having a drought and start some sort of outdoor project. Guaranteed you'd make a bunch of cash. Just make sure it's at least 100 miles away from Orange County. That way we would have good weather on the weekends!:tango_face_devil:
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Well! Glad to see your back at it on the porch project. Now I know why we're scheduled to get rain for most of the week and part of next weekend. You know John, you might have a future as a "Rainmaker." You go to places that are having a drought and start some sort of outdoor project. Guaranteed you'd make a bunch of cash. Just make sure it's at least 100 miles away from Orange County. That way we would have good weather on the weekends!:tango_face_devil:
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Yeah, I'm starting to think the same thing. I must have PO'd someone off upstairs.

I was going to get the headers, joists and other hardware this week to start framing, but if I get it too early the rain gods will see what I'm planning and send rain next weekend. Maybe I will just wait to early Saturday morning to make lumber run and try to outsmart them.:tango_face_devil:
 

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Sounds like a plan. I'm in the same boat (no pun intended) as I'm suppose to be giving daughter my MF 2823 as her old Sears, 17 yrs old has basically given up the ghost and isn't worth repairing. Trouble is the yard on side of house is, was, about eight inches high this weekend so with all the rain I'm figuring 12 - 14 by the time I get two, three days in a row to dry it out a bit. I'll do the first mow but gonna be at max height and real slow. Figure she and hubby won't have the patience for three mows so guess I'll just strap a 12 pack in a cooler and take my time working down to 3 1/2 inches. Hopefully it'll be so nice I'll need sunscreen. Best bet at moment is Fri to Sund with mowing on Sund. Hopefully, maybe, but no matter I'll still have that 12-pack to console myself if plans don't work out.
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Got 95 percent of framing done. Just have to finish tie in of joists. Supposed to rain tomorrow. Hopefully holds of till I can finish that up and then get decking and stairs.
 

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Nice progress John. You should be able to get in at least half a day.:praying: Forecast calling for scattered thunderstorms this afternoon but rain amounts in the 0.01 - 0.03 range till evening, then a bit more. That'll give you enough time. BTW using those asphalt millings will give you a nice driveway after getting it all packed down. That is until winter and you plow them into a pile while clearing the driveway.:tango_face_devil:
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