Posted by: Scott McCullough | November 26, 2012

Night Welding

We designed our front porch as a steel frame that ties back into the house with 4×4 hemlock purlins.  This weekend we got the frame fabricated at our friend’s garage.  Each of the 3×5 pieces of rectangular tube steel was cut and welded to fit the profile of the house.  The steel rafters have brackets welded on to hold the ends of the 4x4s.

To minimize welding on site the frame was left in two pieces for the final weld on the peak to be done on site.  

Earlier tonight we had the peak and the last bracket welded in place.

The plan is to raise the frame Saturday morning.  Although it feels heavier, I figured the entire frame weighs around 800 pounds.  The Lull should be able to do the job, but we’ll find out Saturday.


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