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Old 12-13-2014, 07:05 AM   #1
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Last Minute Porch Cutting Advice?

Well, I'm about ready to cut out a nice back porch. My metal cutter/welder seems to have disappeared so if I can find a place to work on it I might give it a go myself.

I had a guy lined up to do the cutting and to then welding on some metal railings (just the top one for support, which would let me add a proper porch railing around it later on) but... well, that's what you get for using Craigslist I guess.

Do you think I can do the metal cutting myself. I'm told you need about 7" cutting discs... It's not so easy finding a place to do that kind of work, though I have a few offers.

I was hoping to hire someone to help with this (anyone in South Florida with the tools and/or space? It's a paying gig!)

Or some good advice on how to do the work without losing any limbs or collapsing the roof of my bus. The inside bottom wall rails don't look like much fun to cut out.

I'm planning to cut out the back wall and back 3 windows all the way down to the floor, kind of like the Gator Porch Bus.

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Old 12-15-2014, 11:33 AM   #2
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Re: Last Minute Porch Cutting Advice?

ir you were close, I would attack it with a 4-1/2 grinder

take a side picture and MS paint the cut lines for a visual
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Old 12-22-2014, 05:35 AM   #3
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I'm near Apopka. pretty good haul from where you are though.
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Old 12-22-2014, 10:46 AM   #4
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You're leaving the roof over the porch I take it? I'd wedge some 2x4's nice and tight between the roof and the floor before you do anything. 2 near the rear on either side should do the trick. Leave yourself enough room to work around them of course. Mark all your lines first, dont forget your gloves and eye protection, and go to work. Angle grinders aren't terribly difficult to use, just go slow, use good discs and pay attention. They have a lot of torque and will slice through a finger with little trouble. Its not terribly difficult, just respect it like any other power tool.
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