dcrane wrote:pffft... the day i pulled a permit to replace an exsisting step is the day im moving to China for my freedom
Previous poster clearly knows what should be done... his steps will last you your lifetime. Its a pretty simply job and dropping in 2 sonnet tubes, throwing on a new ledger board (if that was is showing any rot at all) and then basicly making a deck on it (lag the deck to the ledger, bolt your two 6x6 to the stand offs, use hangers if you really want to do it good and boom done (It does not even appear that you need a railing their as your only 20" or so of the ground).
EDIT: looking at your pic again it... did you have a farmers porch on that house? why is that ledger showing accross the entire length of the home (or is that the acual sill?)... someone help me understand that please?
titleist1 wrote:Given your description of the log for a rim joist I'd dig the post holes on the house side as well and not fasten a ledger board to the house at all. Let the deck, landing or whatever size structure you build stand on its own rather than tying it to the house.
dcrane wrote:well I've always said that a farmers porch will make almost any house look 100x better! I assume this is a ranch or cape you can kill two or three birds with one stone with a farmers porch across the entire front of the house and maybe even wrap it around one side to the side door, the house would look like a totally different home, it would appear inviting, larger and give it character like no other thing you could do (at a relatively inexpensive cost since its really just a glorified deck with zero living space).
If I shown you the before and after on some houses that added a farmers porch you would be amazed at what this does to a homes look and feel.... now shut that damb xbox off and start swinging the hammer
buffalo bob wrote:if u want to get off cheap, just form up on both sides of that rock mess of steps and pour concrete over them rocks looks like they have been there for years and they will make good fill/base for concrete steps ..u probably can get away with 1 cu.yd. or less..27 eighty lb. bags of quickcrete =1 cu. yd. quickcrete brand is 4,000 lb test concrete,more than enough for steps..good luck!!!
I'm On Fire wrote:The top step was removed so the new front door could be put in. What I'd like to do is put a small deck on and I'm assuming I'd need some sort of footing which would also mean in NJ I'll probably need a permit.
Unless there is some thing where I don't because I'm replacing a porch? Not really sure. There are a lot of rocks and boulders whoch would make footings really fun to put in. Suggestions?
Richard S. wrote:I'm On Fire wrote:The top step was removed so the new front door could be put in. What I'd like to do is put a small deck on and I'm assuming I'd need some sort of footing which would also mean in NJ I'll probably need a permit.
The code here was you didn't need a permit if it wasn't attached to the house like if you were going to build out in the middle of the yard. My brothers neighbor put in posts and never attached it to the house. LOLUnless there is some thing where I don't because I'm replacing a porch? Not really sure. There are a lot of rocks and boulders whoch would make footings really fun to put in. Suggestions?
They make circular cardboard forms, you put an anchor in the concrete after you pour it to attach the post too.