My wife and I just moved into our house, and now we're trying to fix
the seemingly endless list of issues caused by the seeming insanity of
the previous owners; we're new to home improvement, and we're learning
fast. I've searched the web for solutions to a problem we have with
our screen porch, but I've come up empty handed. maybe someone here
The screen porch is about 10' out from house , 18' long, and 2 feet
off the ground. I want to move the door and make it swing outward so
I think I need to add a 3 foot landing to meet code requirements. In
adding the landing, is it ok to "float" the vertical support beams on
the concrete driveway below.
(maybe you do not want to bolt or concrete screw into the concrete?)
Not sure why you are floating a support beam?
A additional landing in front of the door should not be a problem, and
attaching it to the concrete is neither a problem.
not sure if I understand the question. hummmm
If the door is right there now, you probably don't have to do anything as it
But since it sounds like you are going to do a lot of work, it would be a
good idea to do things to code even if you don't have to. This is very
important for safety with steps, step treads, step height, handrails, and
railings around a porch.
I would suggest getting a couple of books on basic construction at a used
bookstore. Then get a new "codecheck" booklet at the link below. This has
all the latest code requirements for this and that.
As to the landing, it would be safest if it was anchored to the concrete so
it will not slip. Also get those stick-on anti-slip strips for the treads
and add a handrail if needed.
Get out your checkbook! For this project you will need a hammer drill and
masonry bits. But buy the anchors first, then the drill bit, then the hammer
drill to fit the bit. Some larger bits are only for a 1/2 inch chuck but
smaller hammer drills only have a 3/8 chuck.
Note: You can save a lot of money by going to yard sales and getting used
tools, rake, shovel, etc.
"Demian" wrote in message
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