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#1 jdcrawler OFFLINE  

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Posted May 06, 2016 - 10:33 PM

When the house was being framed in I built a 4x6 platform to fit on the forks of the lift truck and it came in real handy for the guys doing the framing.
Now that I'm working on the house by myself, I've had to get a little more creative putting up the fascia and soffit trim.

This is the scaffolding that I used on the back of the house.
It has two 12 ft 2x12's that are run from the forklift to a ladder and then to the back porch.
This worked okay for doing the fascia and soffit under the eaves but I had to be really careful working on the 2x12's that high off the ground.

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Now I'm ready to put op the rain gutter and I need to be able to get above the roof edge to fasten the mounting brackets to the fascia board.
I'm using seamless guttering so some of the sections are pretty long.

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So I decided to make the forklift platform wider.
I took the two 2x12's and fastened them onto the platform to make a work area that is 12 foot wide now.
Then I added a railing on the back side of the two ends to make the area more secure.

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I'm starting with the rain gutter on the side of the front porch.

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The forklift is in the area where the driveway slopes down to the garage so I had to put some blocks of wood down to get the front wheels up over the retaining wall and make the forklift set more level.

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It didn't take me any time at all to realize that I need something better for holding my tools than just putting everything on the floor where I'm walking back and forth.
I quickly made up two "work benches" and mounted them on top of the railing.

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The first section of guttering went up on the mud room roof that runs from the house to the garage.
Then I got on a ladder and mounted the front corner piece in place.
This section of guttering is 25 foot long and I set one end in the front corner piece and the other end connected to the gutter on the mudroom.
With the gutter section held in position by the two ends, I can fasten the mounting brackets in place starting with the bracket in the center.

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And then go along and fasten on the brackets between the center and the mud room.

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With the back half of the gutter all fastened in place, it's time to move the forklift up to work on the front section.

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The front half of the gutter is fastened in place and I'm working on fitting the down spout now.

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The rain gutter is all mounted to the mud room and the side of the front porch and the forklift has been moved in position to work on the front of the porch.

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This "improved" platform is much easier to work from.


Edited by jdcrawler, May 06, 2016 - 10:59 PM.

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Posted May 06, 2016 - 11:04 PM

My house will be here Monday..pulled behind 2 trucks...LOL


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Posted May 06, 2016 - 11:05 PM

Nice job your doing there..gonna be a nice place for sure!!(why do we only get our forever homes when we go gray?)


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Posted May 06, 2016 - 11:07 PM

That old lift is like a family member I bet!


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Posted May 06, 2016 - 11:10 PM

I am going to start the storm shelter this weekend for the new house..Franking tractor will come in handy for sure..


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Posted May 07, 2016 - 04:28 AM

Nice platform to work from, Ray! I'd feel okay working off that!


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Posted May 07, 2016 - 06:27 AM

Glad you upgraded from that first pic that looked creepy although been on worse myself. I built log homes for a few years & the things we stood on back then I wouldn't dare get on now. I remember over lapping 2x12's like you done & sometimes walking across that 1 1/2" drop was like stepping into the abyss.lol Everything is looking nicely done great job & fun to follow.
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Posted May 07, 2016 - 07:01 AM

I worked in residential construction for a while and the skid steer loader was the "wheel barrow" as well as the "portable scaffolding" . 

One of the guys I worked with would be in the bucket with a ladder if extra height was needed.


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Posted May 07, 2016 - 12:27 PM

As always ever creative Ray. Looks good and sturdy. Nice job on it. The house looks like it's coming right along. Nice job. Stay safe and keep us up on what's going on. Gotta love that retired life.                                                                                                                                                                            Roger    


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Posted May 22, 2016 - 07:26 PM

The property slopes from the front to the back so water coming off the roof runs back against the front of the foundation.
To control the water coming off the roof,  the downspout from the gutter on the front porch runs down under the porch and into a 4 inch corrugated drain hose across the front of the house.

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This connects with the downspout for the other side of the front of the house.

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This drain hose then runs down along the side and empties out behind the house.
When I get the back fill done it will all slope away from the house even in the front so that will take care of keeping the rain water away from the foundation.

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A couple of photos of me putting the gutters up on the back of the house and again the wider platform on the forklift sure came in handy.

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The siding order came in this week and we got started on getting it up on the house.
First I put the tape around the windows to seal them to the house wrap.

The downspout for the gutter on the side of the garage goes thru the crawlspace and comes out on the back of the house.
This takes the rainwater from the roof of the mud room and the garage and empties it beyond the back of the house.

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Then we started putting siding on the mud room between the house and the garage.

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The forklift is used again as the siding gets higher on the wall.

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This wall is finished.

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Posted May 22, 2016 - 07:30 PM

I really like the color choice there, Ray. Hope you get it buttoned up before it gets too hot out.
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Posted May 22, 2016 - 07:54 PM

Looks great. The bigger platform sure looks safer.
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Posted May 23, 2016 - 06:47 AM

I like the color too. Nice way to get the water moving away from the house.


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Posted May 24, 2016 - 07:01 PM

With the gutters on the house and the drain hose running around the foundation, it's time to back fill.

I rented a Bobcat for the day and started on the front.

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Working my way around the east end.

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And finishing up on the back of of the house.

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