I’ve worked my schedule for the rest of the summer to have sunday evenings free, all mondays and most tues. That gave me the time to head out an get some work accomplished. The first step was actually replacing the corner post of the house. 2 2×6s with 2 pieces of sandwiched 1/2” ply made a beam thick enough and I just left it the 5.5” wide since it would fit in the wall and offer extra support.
The back wall below the side entryway window was also as bad as I expected and required replacement of the sill plate. While pulling stuff out of the wall I found this little guy, no clue what he was.
A nest of 4 birds was also discovered after pulling over a foot of of hay from inside the wall. They are doing well at this time.
My dad insisted on helping and also on not listening to how to properly create a window frame. The result was a window frame that is properly designed to the 1908 standards under which the house was constructed but not to modern standards. The result is a top plate that is nailed in from the sides of the wall studs but without the support of jack studs. It also took a lot of explaining to convince him that the fins of new construction windows don’t get hammered tight but that all the nails have to allow the vinyl to expand and contract. Either way the new frame is still stronger then the old one and the window is in a lot better then the old one.
Final task was to finish installing the door. I used 2.5” screws and shimmed the one side at the hinges hiding the screws as hinge screws while on the other side I hid the top and bottom screws under the weather stripping and the third as a screw for the latch plate. the new lock was installed. Everything came out square and the door doesn’t swing fully open or closed on its own but stays right where you leave it.
No more hammering up plywood to close up for the day or taking it down to finish for the night. Next week is the kitchen window and the kitchen door. Unless it rains, then it’s rebuilding this inside of the side entryway, we’ll be keeping the ceiling but everything else is going. This is its current state
-- --Rev. Russ in NY-- A posse ad esse