The House That Jack Built – Cement Porch Planking

Cement removed from the wall

The porch frost wall was poured to the full depth of the basement foundation creating a 6 x 8 foot enclosure below the porch.  It was not accessible from the basement.

We wanted to utilize the cement room below the porch.  A power saw with a diamond tooth chain was used to cut through the cement basement wall opening a doorway to the cement enclosure below the porch.

A treated wood frame was constructed over the porch frost wall to serve as a foundation for the cement cap.

After the cement cap was poured, a planking pattern was laid.

Each plank was carefully placed, tapped, then lifted off the cement
Planking process complete


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Down in my basement, lined neatly on a shelf are handwritten notebooks chronicling my life. After years of writing, the experience became more of a burden then an important part of my day so I quit writing. Five years later I took up writing again. This time it was in the form of a blog which gave me a place to hang out after I lost my job. From there my blog content morphed into writing about my general contractor experience building our house. As my life experiences grew so did my blog.

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