Friday, June 14, 2019

Not Procrastinating Any More

Finally getting the porch put back together again. The stringers were ready-made ones from Home Depot. The original steps had only four stringers spaced around 5' apart. I am using four stringers but they are on 16" centers. The original ones were held on with 3 16d nails each and I'm using 5/16"-3" galvanized lag bolts. Hopefully, these will last another 30+ years like the last porch. The stringers and decking are pressure treated wood so the "staining" is just more of the treatment applied to wherever I needed to cut.

Just like the original porch, the decking is 2x4. I'm considering using some of the original 2x10 for the steps but I may just pick up some new pressure treated material. I will pick up some cedar lattice to cover the opening. Mostly to keep out the leaves so maybe something with smaller openings.

Between porch tasks, I changed the engine and transmission oil as well as the oil filter on the Ural. I used Mobil 1 full synthetic 15w50 oil as I wasn't able to find any 20w50 synthetic oil. The filter came from Amazon. I still need to clean and re-oil the air filter as well as adjust the rear brakes. I should check the front pads as I do rely on the front brake for most of my braking. 

7 comments:

SonjaM said...

You're getting there, and once it's done you don't have to think about it for the next decades. Isn't that a great feeling of accomplishment?

Geoff James said...

Do you use the motorcycle-specific Mobil1 or for the car? The only difference is that the motorcycle version has one element from the additive package removed to reduce the risk of clutch slip on wet clutches.

Canajun said...

I believe one should never put off procrastinating.

RichardM said...

I don't know about any feeling of accomplishment. Maybe that's why I don't care for house repair. No feeling of accomplishment. It's just work....

RichardM said...

I used automotive. I don't have a wet clutch. What did surprise me is that it came in a 5-quart bottle and I needed almost all of it between the engine and transmission.

RichardM said...

I'll try to do better...

SonjaM said...

The house doesn't get you around... I bet it's different when working on the bike or RV ;-)