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Kay/NC
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New stoop/doormat?

Today, we wreck off the office front steps  and top landing (not much of a job, since the treads are starting to break up anyway), to install a new front stoop.  Staying true to my salvage heart, I have asked Mike for a few sheets of old metal nursery flooring, what we call Delta Deck or tri-bar, to use as the top deck.

 

This is essentially 2.5 by 10- foot self-supporting panels of small metal bars with narrow spaces in between.  We used 32 sheets of it to make the kennel flooring several years ago, and it is perfect for that purpose. 

 

On this porch, it will essentially make everyone who enters from the driveway cross over a 20-foot boot scraper.  Looking at my bathroom floor out there last night, that has to be a good thing.  Not everyone who uses it is a problem for tracking in, but it only takes one...and, I think I have two.  Mike is not one of them.  

 

Getting this one done will hopefully make my life a little easier.  Not so much sweeping and mopping, and make my nice vinyl flooring the office last longer, with not so much dirt getting ground into its finish.  My aunt who used to have a flooring dealership told me once that sand on your shoes is just like strapping on sandpaper and walking across your floors.  Makes sense. 

 

I hope by tomorrow afternoon to have a 160-square-foot "spot" to clean boots heading for my office door.  If you could pick one place to make a gigantic doormat, where would it be? 

 

 

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turkey feather
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Re: New stoop/doormat?

Sounds like a great idea to me. That flooring should do the job. We had a peice at one time at the bottom of the steps, maybe I should find it as we have sand.

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Kay/NC
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Re: New stoop/doormat?

When we first started up here, the stoops to the house, which is on ground level at the entries, were made from 4x8 sheets of woven wire, also salvaged from old nursery double decks.  Mike built salt-treated frames to lie on the ground and support the edges and every couple of feet, and it was wonderful for cleaning our workboots.    Probably what made me think of doing  this out front here. 

 

The guys are in the back loading the panels on a trailer now with Mike.  I took the farm sales tax exemption for hte materials last night, and got my commerical account 5% off at Lowe's.  Using hthis material we already have, the project's supplies cost for roughly a 160 square foot deck and set pf steps is right about $450. 

 

Not bad at all.  If these guys would really work hard today, the labor would be $350.  I'm not counting on that, though!

 

 

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wt510151
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Re: New stoop/doormat?

Are you going to have to worry about snakes under the slats? How are you going to clean under them or keep weeds from growing there? Have seen some slats used here, but they've also filled up with the debris and look more like cattle guards.

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Kay/NC
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Re: New stoop/doormat?

Always a concern, especially here...the deck is five steps above grade, so it's not too low.  This flooring is not "slats", which to me means concrete, about eight inches thick with inch-wide gaps. 

 

These are very lightweight-looking metal panels, with about as much space between as metal.  These are self-supporting, with trussing underneath that looks very lightweight, too.  It is sort of like walking over the old steam grates on downtown sidewalks, which used to scare me as a child. 

 

Before they set the deckng  panels on the support posts and ledgers, we laid ground fabric over the cleared ground underneath the 10x16 space.  Mike brought the little Kubota with its front end loader in with several buckets of #57 gravel.  The bottom of the posts was banded with treated 2x4s, to retain the gravel, which is about 4 inches thick.  

 

If anything gets ahold in that, it will be easy to remove.  If it's too far in the center, I can stand on this very open decking, and spray Roundup through the spaces.  

 

The steps descend onto the sidewalk, which used to reach to the old stoop.step bottom, which is 7-8 feet further out from the foundation now.  Esssentially, the steps are over concrete, with open risers...no hidey-hole under there. 

 

My pest control specialist tells me the best thing to bed around the foundation of a house is gravel.  He is not high on bark mulch, as it can harbor a lot of pests.  I've got about 20 tons of #57 in a pile to do that this fall, minus what we used today.    Just haven't had time this summer, with the work we've been doing at Jenna's. 

 

They got the deck on good, and the steps done, all but one tread, which we bought one short, thinking we'd need exactly what we had before.  The risers are lower, which means more comfortabel to climb.   Still have to build deck railings and stair railings, and put the wire fabric around the perimeter of the deck. 

 

We will probably pull off of this job, do the solar space at Jenna's house, so the painter can match the roof on that to the rest of the house next weekend, then come back to this the week after.  I will be getting the bottom stair tread installed myself. so the access path to the front door of the office is complete.  Weather may make my plans for me. 

 

When we're done, I can post a picture or two, if you would like. 

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