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Several years ago when we built our house, we had a stoop at our front door. 4 x 4 maybe. We live in a 2 story colonial house. When we added vinyl siding 20 years ago, we tore off the stoop and replaced it with a 6 x 16 porch across the front of the house. We are doing some remodeling/new roof and have discovered that the porch roof is rotted, the front beams are rotted, the fascia board is rotted (so the gutter has pulled from the house) and the header boards are rotted. I have suggested that we tear off the whole thing and put the stoop back. We can replace the siding that would be missing. The big dilemma is the bricks and cement porch. We do not want to rent a bobcat nor do we know what to do with the concrete that we would tear out. My husband said he cannot/will not bust it up with a sledge hammer as he will not be able to finish the home repairs we have planned. (hard physical work it will be.)

Any suggestions as to what to do? The beams aren't even holding the porch roof up, there are a few support beams that are doing that. We need to make a decision ASAP since our roofer will need to shingle anything that we do.
 
Posts: 460 | Registered: Apr 05, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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This would be a lot of work and unless you're in good shape and do manual labor for a living trying to DIY this in a reasonable amount of time is going to be very hard work. I'd agree with your husband.

I'd look to hire this one out, otherwise you're going to be looking at a partially finished demolition job for the next 2 years.

Personally, I'd probably look to rebuild the porch, but I have no idea of your finances and what the porch will add to the house value or removing it will deduct from the value.


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Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

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Posts: 6870 | Location: Cary, North Carolina | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I have someone coming to give us a price on concrete removal. Honey says he doesn't know how to rebuild the stoop. 2 slanted parts to a 4 x4 roof and 2 posts to hold it up. How hard can it be?
 
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Originally posted by sunshine52:
Honey says he doesn't know how to rebuild the stoop. 2 slanted parts to a 4 x4 roof and 2 posts to hold it up. How hard can it be?


""Then YOU should be the one to do it, not him!""
I started buying power tools in my twenties and continued over the years for each new project I did myself, I saved money and invested it in a pro tool, to do it right. DH is happy to help hold or lift things and helps when I cut large pieces on the table saw, but is even more happy when I tell him he can go back in and work on the computer. Wink
 
Posts: 9460 | Location: Plains & Mountains | Registered: Jun 08, 2003Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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Given that the first one is falling apart from what sounds like improper building techniques...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uL0ROeZw7wA


It isn't rocket science but there is skill involved. If there wasn't Mike Holmes wouldn't have any work.


General Disclaimer

Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.

 
Posts: 6870 | Location: Cary, North Carolina | Registered: Sep 18, 2002Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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