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  • Porch Steps

    Here are pix of my latest welding project. It is a set of steps up to the front porch of my new home. The porch is about 7' above the ground elevation so I made it with a landing about halfway up. The stair treads and landing are made from bar grating I got from work for free when we replaced a bunch that had gotten rusty. They were originaly hot dipped galvinized. The landing is 6x7', and the stairs are 12" deep with a 7" rise. The bottom set is 51" wide and the top 53". They are not complete as yet, still have to make and install the infill panels in the hand railings.
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    Porch Steps

    More pix of the build. I hydro-blasted(pressure washed 2800 psi) the grating to remove loose rust and applied a rust killer product I got from Sherwin-Williams. Then I sprayed 2 good coats of Rustoleum Primer for rusty metal over that. Then primer was then coated with 2 heavy coats of Rustoleum Hunter Green paint. The rest of the framing, I built from new steel and it got a good cleaning with paint thinner. Then two coats of the primer and paint like the grating.
    The legs for the landing are 2x2x1/4" square tubing set in concrete more than 2' in the ground. The holes were filled with around 200 Lbs. of concrete each. I welded 2 10" peices of 2x2x1/4 angle iron on each legs spaced 6" apart, one on either side welded on all 4 sides where the angle iron and tubing meet. This should keep the legs from sinking in the ground.
    The frame for the landing is made from 2.5x2.5x1/4" angle iron. The grating on it is 1.75" thick. I had to use 4 pieces to cover the surface. These were welded to the frame on each end and welded to the one on either side to insure the tops were level with each other(the gratings were bowed slightly) this flattened out then walk surface.
    Then I started on the handrails.
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    • #3
      Hand Rails

      The hand rails are mad from 1.25x11gage square tubing for the uprights and 1.25x14gage square tubing for the top rails.
      You can see an opening in the skirting under the house to get access underneath for storing stuff. I made a gate in the railing to make a direct path to it from the top set of steps, without having to go all the way to ground level and around the landing and back up the retaining wall to get stuff from under the house or put stuff in.
      The last 2 pix are where I set up my cooking apparatus to cook for Thanksgiving. The smoker(early Christmas present) had a turkey and a ham in it. And I fried 2 turkeys in the pot set up next to it.
      I got this far and got it all painted the day before Thanksgiving to make it look nice for all the company we had come over to consume the feast.
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      • #4
        Looks great . Just make sure you don't wear your high heel work boots .

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        • #5
          Nice work! but i have a feeling that tree is going to give you problems after a while...

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          • #6
            Originally posted by BD1 View Post
            Looks great . Just make sure you don't wear your high heel work boots .
            High heels are all right, just as long as they are not Spike heels. You gotta zoom in on this to read it.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by Bistineau View Post
              High heels are all right, just as long as they are not Spike heels. You gotta zoom in on this to read it.
              Is that you ????? Kidding, you don't have a beard !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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              • #8
                Originally posted by BD1 View Post
                Is that you ????? Kidding, you don't have a beard !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
                What happened to it?? Wait, just checked it's still here. But NO that's not me. I'm not a Terrorist. That outfit wouldn't look goood on me anyway.

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                • #9
                  Nice build, but how in the world did the contractor NOT leave a stairway to your front door?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Sparky45 View Post
                    Nice build, but how in the world did the contractor NOT leave a stairway to your front door?
                    It's a double wide Mobile home and they are only required to supply one set of temporary steps. These steps are only high enough to reach the back door, with cinder block shims. I guess that will be another project later on. Stand by for that one.I do have another set of steps I built to the side/utility room door. It has a 6x6' landing, with a roof over the landing. The same general design, material and color. I will post up pix if anyone wants to see'em.

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                    • #11
                      Side Steps

                      Here's some pics of the steps to the side/utility room door.
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                      • #12
                        Very nice. You should be beating your chest and walking with a big smile. It does feel good to do a nice job like that doesn't it.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Fireman View Post
                          Very nice. You should be beating your chest and walking with a big smile. It does feel good to do a nice job like that doesn't it.
                          You bet. I am holding off on doing the in-fill panels on the front steps till the weather warms up. That way when I am finished for the day I can prime and paint the day's welding so it won't start to rust. I have the material primed already, but want to make sure the primer can dry right on the freshly welded areas so I don't have to try to clean it again.

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