Short Read–Quick Repair

imageA few weeks ago, we noticed that one of the stairs off the porch was sagging. It seemed odd, only the center of three boards appeared to be affected but it definitely had a squishy feel when we stepped on that board. When I removed the sagging board, I discovered that bits of the supporting structure had been consumed by rot.

This post is in response to the Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt. If you want to try your hand at just jotting down the things the voices in your head are saying, please join in the fun.


  1. As a matter of fact, I live in a country in which almost three quarters of the people live in appartment buildings, built with concrete structures and masonry walls. So for most of us this kind of fast repair amounts to a condominium meeting, asking for several proposals by contractors, deciding which one to take, finding a moment in which someone will be at home to open the door, and see them come and somehow occupy your entry for some time, as the mortar must get dry… not that you can’t take the DIY approach, but it is more complex than just taking a saw and some nails (I know I’m exagerating a bit and it can be tiresome…). As a matter of fact we are taught in architecture school the theory of what you have done, but not so many of us are confronted to the real thing. I hope it will last…
    In any event, it seems solid.

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    1. Actually, you aren’t exaggerating very much. I didn’t have the pressure treated stock that I needed but I had wider boards. I ripped then down, cut to length and mostly nailed them with a nail gun. I’ve done a lot of renovations, including ripping off the roof and turning a ranch into a Dutch Colonial (still a work in progress) so I have some tools the typical homeowner may not have. It only took about three hours.

      I’m not happy but that’s because I didn’t built it right in the first place. But the repair only has to last a year or two. The stairs are going to be replaced when we renovate the garage. That starts next year.

      Thanks for the comment. I love knowing how things are in other countries.


    1. Thanks Kami. Of course, I’m kicking myself for not having used rot resistant wood throughout the structure when I built it, but I as glad to be able to repair it quickly.


  2. It’s always disconcerting to lift the facade – whether it’s physical or emotional – because we rarely know ahead of time exactly what we’ll find. Glad this one was a relatively easy fix, albeit a reminder of the many ways we look back and think “I could have done that differently.” Nevertheless we live forward, and all regrets should be short lived in our ruminating!

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  3. I am here to read, which I learned a bit about fixing such a situation, although I rent so won’t need the information… Dan, hope you have a wonderful New Year filled with many exciting opportunities, memorable and happy events with family and friends, too. Thanks for your being there, as I am happy to be connected to you, too.

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