DAY 13.0 – Railing Work
PREVIOUSLY – Maine Escape
Yesterday at the Maine Escape we completed the steps going into the basement and said goodbye to Jon “the Woodchuck” Duarte. We also did a good cleanup to get ready for the next phase of construction and NEW craftsman.
THE SHASTA HAS ARRIVED – Maine Escape
The Maine Escape is a secluded oasis and most of the contractors have been local or staying with us on the property. Carlos “Dos Manos” Dos Santos, however, was the first to arrive in style with his own trailer and family in tow.
LOG AND RAIL – Maine Escape
We knew that in order for any of our renovations to go with the style of the house, they had to have the same rustic timber look and it’s near impossible to get that rough look from a big box lumber yard. Liz found a local log railing company that had white cedar pre-cut deck railings that we ordered from. The Wood Mill of Maine had everything we needed to put together a quick post and beam railing for the knee wall to go around the stairwell cutout.
Having posts and rails pre-bored mean that the normally laborious task of spindling is cut in half.
RAILING WORK – Maine Escape
Just because the posts and rails were pre-boarded didn’t mean all our work was done. Getting a solid tight fit on the newel posts still required precise measurements and cutting. We didn’t order any extra.
Once the posts were put in the railings fit into the pre-bored holes and the spindles tapped in.
We had been covering the hole but in a matter of hours we managed to put in the railings and not have to worry about anybody setting off the wrong ledge.
FINAL FRAMING – Maine Escape
The Electrician has been busy pulling wires and putting in boxes in the Bunk Room downstairs. The stairwell has received it’s final framing and it’s ready for cladding.
TOMORROW – Maine Escape
The cladding begins, I work on some built-ins, and we figure out how to deal with some a musty issue.
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