So far, 4 steps replaced. 4 to go. Not very pretty but much more stable. A peek at my pile of wagons. Handy for hauling stuff around the backyard. You can also see my 'stream' of rocks under the deck and stairs. Somewhat dried out cherries (from our huge tree) were blown all over during the big wind storm and they continue to fall randomly (see the saw horse boards).
Started by moving the new 2 x10's to and then from the van ( heavy ! ), cutting boards to step length (41 inches), hauling the step pieces to the back yard and painting (3 coats) with porch enamel on the replacement steps. You know I didn't do any cutting (that was DH).
Should mention the saw horses had to be 'repaired' before any of the cutting happened. Used the replaced pieces of long deck railing to support the step/boards when I painted them. Handy.
Removing the old steps (one at a time/replace that one sequence) revealed a lot of rot. Started with the worse step, etc.
Patching and reinforcing; removing the rotten bits, cutting patches, pre-drilling and screw/nail/ing. Repeated for each step/support area.
Each step replaced needed additional frame support.
The top step had additional underneath and behind reinforcement where the supports were attached under the deck. The second from the top step was reinforced too. The railing now has a firm base and is again attached and steady.
A little green for some real life colour. Underneath the steps/porch view. Old steps (piled) at bottom of this collage.
This is the progress to date. 4 steps/supports finished.
Then it rained !!! for a week. Just waiting for things to dry, energy levels to rise and then back to the job hopefully. Lots of mud tracked up the finished steps (dogs love muddy paws).
A Hydrangea blossom after the rain.
Thank you for visiting.