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Weekend of July 30th: Porch Lattice

If your porch isn't well maintained, the whole house looks shabby. Here you'll learn how to handle one of the most common of all porch repairs: building a new lattice skirt. This enclosure conceals the framing while it also allows air to circulate under the porch floor, which keeps the framing dry and free of rot. It'll help to keep critters from camping out under your porch, too.

In How to Install Porch Lattice we built a durable new skirt using pressure-treated lumber and plastic lattice. We also opted for an unconventional installation method: Rather than permanently attach the frames, we hung them on hinges so the homeowners could use the space below the porch for storage.

Front Porch Fix-Up, a Step-by-Step about replacing weather-beaten porch floorboards, might also interest you.
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