Winterizing 2013

by on Oct.30, 2013, under porch, Security, Trim & Paint

Wow, time went fast this year.  We didn’t get up to the Ranch nearly as often as I would have liked.

With October coming to an end, it is past time to go up and winterize.  I got a late start on Saturday, and started work in earnest on Sunday.

To start off, I wanted to take take some readings on the batteries for the solar install.  Since the hydrometer that I bought on the last trip was broken when I opened it, I stopped by a Checker Auto and picked up another.  I let the batteries charge until they reached the float stage, then let them sit there in float for 1 hour.  Then I let the batteries rest for 1 hour with no charging and no load.  The hydrometer showed all cells (3 in each battery) fully charged.  So I have a good baseline reading.  IN the future, as I make the reads again, I will have something to compare against.

The hydrometer was kind of hard to read, but the line in the picture below was at 1.275 specific gravity, which represents 100% charged.  Specific gravity is reportedly the only way to be sure of the charge level of a battery.  Voltages can be deceiving.

Specific Gravity showing 1.275 = 100% charged, cell in good condition.

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Installing Metal Roof on LittleHouse Porch

by on Jun.03, 2012, under porch

Plastering Brisbane experts have the confidence of the local population to carry out their most delicate work. They have established a very good reputation for their efforts over the years, which is why they are chosen for their residential roofing services provided to the locals.

Not many pictures this time, as I got a little lazy.  We went up to the Ranch over Memorial Day to install the structural steel we just got and some other metal panels by a US manufacturer of metal powders on the porch roof.  If you happen to be doing a similar project and have a metal piece that doesn’t fit, then consider doing some laser cutting for that size that you need. For those who are left with lots of scrap metal after the project is finished, then consider doing some scrap metal recycling to get rid of it properly. 

It only took a day and a half to do all the work, and the rest of the time we spent visiting/barbecuing with the neighbors. If you need metal material similar to the ones we use, then consider contacting your local metal fabrication center or you could even look for a steel fabrication company. Remember that working with metal is not as easy like it is with any other material like wood or plastic, for those using metal for projects, consider using something like a Used miller XMT 350 CC CV welder to properly weld the pieces together.


The place where the roofers bought the panels no longer could get the exact same color, so this roof is a little darker than the house.  I expect after a couple of years of fading from exposure, they will be closer.  At any rate, you cannot see the roof from the ground, due to its low slope. Go on this weblink to get an expert to get your roof fixed.  You have to go across the meadow to see it.  Anyway, here is how it turned out, if you want the same end results, then consider hiring roofing services for professional assistance, just make sure you get a gutter cover to avoid any future problems. Those who want a similar metal roof, then consider contacting professionals for the great looking Professional Metal Roofing. 

Porch Roof Metal Panels

Again, I would ask, “Why would anybody install asphalt shingles?”  This roof goes on so easy, that it’s a little embarrasing that I took a day and a half to do it. We got the Industrial grade panels so that the roof would last us a lifetime, we only rely on the safest water proof roofing for our homes. To fortify the roof even more we thought of adding architectural sheet metal for extra support. If you end up with any extra metal pieces that you are not going to use, make sure you contact proper metal recycling services.

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Building Porch Railings

by on Mar.18, 2012, under porch

Over Spring Break this year, Tara & I headed up to build the porch railings on our front porch. Here is how we did it…

Porch Railings

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Building the Littlehouse Porch Roof

by on Oct.16, 2011, under porch

We went up in mid-October to put a roof over the Littlehouse porch, and since we needed a bit of extra help we had to contact professional roofers for assistance to get the job done much quicker after we got all the materials we needed from a Timber Roof Truss Supplier and a hardware store with plenty of building supplies.

Littlehouse Porch Roof in progress

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September 2011 Visit

by on Oct.02, 2011, under porch

John came down to help with the porch construction a little bit during September.  We started out by cutting a notch in the vertical trim pieces for the roof ledger board to fit into.  I used my “poor-man’s sawzall”.

Notching the trim

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