Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Rehanging the window box

We finished the last of the shingle installation on the exterior front living room wall after a marathon lawn mowing session.

The last few shingles went up fairly quick despite each needing to be custom cut.  We decided that we had just enough time to rehang the window box.

Earlier in the day, I stopped by the hardware store to pick up 4 inch long lag screws.  Previously, he had used long screws with a phillips head.  These were difficult to install because there was not enough room in the window box to place your screwdriver on the screw head.  By using the lag screws, we could install them using a 3/8 inch drive ratchet with a socket.  It is also far easier to tighten a long screw with a ratchet than a screwdriver.

We added a large washer to the lag screw before installing to keep the head of the lag screw from digging into the window box.  The screws on each end were installed first.  You normally start in the middle when installing screws or bolts over a long area but in this case the window box was long and heavy and there really was not an easy way to prop it up.  So we installed the end lag screws and then preceded to install the remaining screws starting in the middle and working our way to the ends.

The sun was getting low in the sky so we will have to wait until tomorrow to attach the brackets.

Another day.....another project.