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Screened in Porch – Part 3

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The screened in porch is getting done today! Now that the frame is up and we have a good basis to put the screen on, it’s time to screen!

The screen we used was your everyday window screen – I didn’t go with pet screen or solar screen because it wasn’t necessary. You may consider solar screen on a porch that gets a LOT of sun coming in on it – it will significantly reduce the amount of heat build up.

I wanted something that would be simple to remove in the event I have to replace a section of screen. We began by cutting lattice slats to fit the top and bottom of the area between the posts. There is a 1×6 that was already on the patio that we were going to attach the lattice slats to. We then cut 1x4s to go over the 4x4s – the screen would be stapled underneath this and the 1×4 would help to secure the screen in between the staples. Painted these in almost no time – they dried so quickly because they weren’t very thick.

Then it was time to start putting up the screen. We began by measuring the length of the screen for the area and cutting at the bottom with a tiny bit of leg room. Sometimes when you start screening, you will end up with it somewhat uneven, as you staple to the boards it becomes VERY apparent towards the bottom- especially if you run out of screen! So give yourself an inch or two of wiggle room.

After we made sure the cut on the top was straight all the way across, we held it against the lattice slat and stapled it to the 1×6 on the top. This made sure that the screen didn’t start slipping on me as I stapled the sides and bottom. We went ahead and stapled ALL the tops so that my hubby could go work on another project while I finished the screen.

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From here, the rest was a breeze. Starting from the top, work your way down about a foot on one side then switch to the other pulling the screen tight as you are staple. Be sure to staple at an angle or even perpendicular to the screen. Doing so helps ensure the screen won’t come loose! Staple the bottom, trim excess. This took very little time in respect to the rest of the project.

I then caulked the bottom of the boards that were on the concrete. We already knew it would be exposed to water and we had already painted it with exterior paint – but one more line of defense never hurts anything! Next step was to place the 1x4s over the 4x4s. Best method for easy removal was screws. We predrilled the holes, 4 in total, about ever 2 feet. After this, we stapled the lattice slat to the bottom banister’s 2×4. Staples will be easy enough to remove and if the slat busts, it was a dime a dozen sort of deal.

Stay tuned for the reveal of the porch decorated! Find part 1 here and part 2 here. Keep Reclaiming!

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Screened In Porch – Part 2

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Time for part 2 of the screened in porch!

So after letting that concrete dry, we were ready to start putting up the posts. We decided to do the posts 36″ apart because that was the width of the screen material that we had on hand. Sure, you can do larger spans, but I figured the less space between, the less likely the screen will get ripped!

So we pulled out our handy dandy air hammer drill to drill holes for some railroad spikes we had on hand. This would serve as an anchor to hold the bracket in place for the 4x4s. This was some TOUGH work, by the end of all the posts the bit was completely toast. We secured the posts to the top board with a large nut and bolt. Unfortunately, I forgot to take pictures of this process… it was pretty intensive and I had to help hold the posts as they were being bolted in.

Once we got the posts in place, it was time to work on the banisters. They aren’t necessary, but with a dog who is known to break through screens (sorry grandma!), I decided we needed these. We simple measured between each 4×4 and then cut the 2×4. We didn’t mass line this, we did one by one since some posts were original and slightly twisted. After the 2x4s were cut, we cut a LOT of 1x1s to serve as the spokes. This was an easy mass line: I measured while the hubby cut away!

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To secure the 1x1s to the 2x4s, we drilled holes in the 2x4s – marking it after measuring distance. Then we also drilled a hole in the end of the 1×1. Pre-drilling saves the hassle of a hard time hammering in place – this can be tricky when it is freestanding.  To attach, we used some flat galvanized nails, 3″ in length. I put the nails into the 2x4s – be careful to NOT step on this! then I added the 1x1s. You might need an extra hand to get the second 2×4 on – these little 1x1s move a lot!

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Valspar Duramax

Valspar Duramax

After all these bad boys were put together, it was time to paint. This is a long and tedious process. If I had to do it over again, I would have painted the banisters apart rather than together with all the nooks and crannies. I swear by Valspar’s Duramax – it is a nice thick paint that helps hide any dents and comes with a 25 year warranty! Cannot beat that!

Painting done – this took 3 coats, it was time to put them into place. We used an all purpose adhesive like liquid nails to secure the base of the banister to the concrete and then screwed the top into place.

We reused the storm door that came off of the garage door, simply screwed it directly into the 4x4s. The next step will be the screen – but that is a whole new project in itself!

Stay tuned for part 3! You can find part 1 here and part 3 here. Keep Reclaiming!

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Screened In Porch – Part 1

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So THIS is my exciting post! A screened in porch! Tennessee can have some pretty amazing temperatures in the spring and fall. For half the year we can open the windows and enjoy the cool mornings or warmer afternoons. We have had some uncharacteristically cool mornings and it has me wanting to be outside. The con: mosquitoes. We even have cases of West Nile here! Solution – screened in porch.

Back door from living room

Back door from living room

We have a fairly large back patio that is covered- 30′ x 10′. I figured we could easily just add some 2×4’s and some screen and viola! we have a screened in porch. If only it were that easy! But alas, our back patio has some serious water drainage issues with two areas that pool water. So we would have to build up or insert a drain.

Water pooling in corner of porch - this happens every time it rains

Water pooling in corner of porch – this happens every time it rains

We decided to build up and add a drain, just not the entire length of the porch. The first thing we had to do was cut into the concrete. We rented a concrete saw from the local home improvement store. That saw had to be the coolest tool we have rented. It ripped through that concrete like BUTTER! We cut through two large sections of concrete in less than an hour! We thought it would take much longer!

So we cut straight lines from one corner out to create a drain to run water off the patio in the shortest distance possible. We did the same in the other corner. Overall, we were quite pleased with the first step in this long process. This is what it looked like after we removed the concrete pieces (used a sledgehammer to loosen it up).

I was in a rush to get this porch completed, so we started to lay out the concrete wall base. You can see it in the above picture with the 2x4s laying on the ground. This served as a form for the new concrete we mixed and poured into place. Only mix one bag of crete at a time – anything more than that and it will solidify on you, unless of course you have an actual mixer 🙂 After you put some concrete in the form, dampen it down with a trowel. The more you dampen the bigger rocks move to the bottom of the concrete and the finer sand will come to the top. This is KEY! Dampen! Dampen! Dampen! If you don’t, then it will turn out all rocky and we just couldn’t have that. Below are the after concrete pour.

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We had two supervisors during this entire job. They approved of our excellent craftsmanship 🙂

See part 2 here and part 3 here. Keep Reclaiming!