Last night we didn't do a ton of work but any work counts right? We managed to get the two new beams secured to the roof structure so all that's left is installing the metal roof panels.
First we mitered the outside corners (to fit the existing end beam).
We used "the beast" to make these cuts.
Love this saw. Doooon't want to give it back to my parents :)
Then on the other end, we used a jigsaw to cut out a notch. The top of the notch rests on the square beam that is bolted to the house.
Then we secured the beams with 3 1/2" deck screws...
Both beams in place....
And we're ready for some metal!
Now...allow me to share some other exciting things that happened today.
First...turns out last week Ed spoke with the same handyman that replaced our interiors doors about replacing the patio roof. Trying to hire someone behind my back eh husband? Nice try. Little did Ed know I would call in sick (to meet with the exterminator...see next paragraph) on the same day that said handyman was coming to check out the patio. Ed had to fill me in the night before so I would know why the doors guy was roaming around our backyard. I met with the handyman and turns out, he wants $1000 to replace the roof, not including materials. $1000 for labor ONLY. Ed agreed to try replacing the roof ourselves (hence the new beam installation). Lindsay 1 - handyman 0.
Second...an exterminator came to make sure we won't have any more unwelcome visitors in our basement. He also sprayed the entire inside and outside of the house to prevent the usual creepy crawlies. We went with a local company over Terminix or Orkin because they were cheaper and the customer service was MUCH better. We opted for quarterly spraying/checking of rodent traps (set outside along our back fence) for $100 per visit or $400 per year. Totally worth it for the peace of mind. And no roly-poly's near the basement door.
Third...I had a "resurfacing" company come out to give me an estimate for reglazing my bathtub and all of the bathroom wall tile. Then I thought as long as he's at the house, might as well get an estimate for reglazing Ed's shower too (the master bathroom shower). The guy kinda started spiraling out of control with all of the things he could do to the bathroom so we'll see what this estimate looks like. I'll probably only go with the bathtub reglazing, but it will be interesting to see what they charge to give the whole thing a face lift.
And finally...I had another contractor come out to give an estimate for fixing the brick work and walkways in the front and back of the house. This guy also spiraled and I expect the estimate will be in the thousands.
I promise to share the estimates! I'm sure I'll have to scoop my jaw off the floor for both of them...