Big things with little cars
Big things with little cars

I built a thing, so I put diecast on it and took pictures

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My project this week was putting up a railing on the little balcony off our bedroom. There’s a little nook off the kitchen (it used to be a back entrance/mud-room, but that was changed at some point in the past) and there’s a door off the bedroom onto the roof. When we moved in, the metal roof was looking a little sketchy and the railing in place was so rotting and rickety that I literally tore it apart with my bare hands. I repaired a few spots in the metal and then put many coats of roof coating on it (basically really thick latex paint that makes a rubber membrane).

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Illustration for article titled I built a thing, so I put diecast on it and took pictures

I bought these rubber tiles at Menards, since I didn’t want to risk putting table or chair legs directly on the membrane and then constructed the the railing to rest on top of them (there’s a small lip around the outside edges to keep the tiles in place). The railing is actually only attached to the wall at either end, but since all the main members are fastened together with lag screws, it’s very sturdy. I will probably add some corner braces to improve stiffness, but that’s only because I over-engineer anything that may be remotely load-bearing.

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Illustration for article titled I built a thing, so I put diecast on it and took pictures

No, the neighbors don’t go in for much in the way of lawn care. There will probably be a lattice and climbing plant installed on that side of things.

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I have already moved up a small cafe table and a couple chairs, which is about all there’s room for (the space enclosed by the railing is about 4x8 feet, and some of that needs to stay clear for opening the screen door). I need to get some tiki torches or something (possibly incorporate those into the corner braces). Anyway, it’s a great place for chilling in the evening and surveying the neighborhood (we live nearly at the top of the bluff along the Mississippi river, so everything slopes down from our house and you can see quite a bit from the balcony).

But this is LaLD, not DeckRailinglopnik, so I grabbed a pair of Cobras:

Illustration for article titled I built a thing, so I put diecast on it and took pictures
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Same pic, different focus:

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Illustration for article titled I built a thing, so I put diecast on it and took pictures
Illustration for article titled I built a thing, so I put diecast on it and took pictures
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Illustration for article titled I built a thing, so I put diecast on it and took pictures
Illustration for article titled I built a thing, so I put diecast on it and took pictures
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And, just for giggles, I tried to take some panorama shots. It didn’t work:

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