Arrived back to our lovely home with the new floor at the back door - put the old threshold back in for now, covered the door with the tar paper instead of the sweep - we now have 2 of these and called it a night, went to the DD's and family and spent the rest of the evening being entertained by the grand baby - she's such a welcome sight! Another plus? They have running water. Sorry, I do miss that fabulous innovation! Maybe next week????
Sunday morning...LET'S DO THIS!!!!! New day and everything is great! Alright...so....storm door....look at nothing else - don't do it! We put the brick molding in place on the outside of the door jam - well, that doesn't look to bad.
I know - we need to restore this some day - but right now, stopping the rain from coming in is first and foremost! Look at that - we did get the hinge piece on the right direction, 1 for us despite the horrid directions - they even have diagrams - but you still can't - without a doubt - tell which direction that piece goes.
Anyway, now, take the hinge piece back off after the pre-drilling to the door. We attached it to the brick molding - no problem. Time to attach the door to the hinge piece - OK, good. Attach the other side - what? Wouldn't it be easier to cut out for the latch now? No, OK...that's all the depth it needs? Alright....we'll see.
Hey, the door closes - no problems, insert the little piece that goes in the latch hole - WOW! I can't believe that works - but it does! I'll take a pic later to show you. Crazy! OK - now for the top part of the door frame (door frame - really? OK - but it works). Well, hmmm, yep, we made the decision to put brick molding there and then we will put some decorative wood piece or glass above it like a transom window down the road. Alright - yep - this is going to work too! Still, something is going to go a miss, isn't it?
Continuing on - the brick molding is in place above the door, attach the rest of the door frame to it - still closes perfectly. *wipe sweat from brow. We decided to use some of our older, weathered plywood for now for the missing 8 inches above the door. Ya know, that door looked regular height - I guess when things are always so far above you, you tend to not notice how far above you - this door actually should've been 88" - so that will be something we put on our search for list in the restoration category. Any thoughts anyone?
So - continuing on - DH caulked the door, trim, transom area, etc. I'm really wanting to become skilled with the caulk gun - maybe someday...sigh
|Scaper looks like this...have you seen it?|
DH accidentally loses grip on the scraper, listen... - "ting" - now it's under the breakfast room - it fell between the very small opening between the steps and the breakfast room / used to be porch - so yeah - there's this opening that was covered up with by a wooden step that was also removed at the beginning of this
|At the time of the falling - the floor was completely recovered with new wood. Scraper fell between the board and concrete on the right side - really???|
Next, we(read Chuck) must attach the storm door closers (yes - that is the proper term - who knew - just looked it up) to the door. I will learn how to use these power tools - but this is not a first project for a beginner. I did; however, help screw a board into place yesterday!
Attaching the closers was a tad difficult with the gale force wind coming through the kitchen - as another blogger had mentioned - architects back in the day did know how to design a house with proper ventilation and natural cooling - what a wonderful breeze comes through the house. Shutting the door into the kitchen quickly solved this problem and we are back on track.
|Hey - there's the new lock on the back door!|
Next? UGH - there's one for the other side too and if we don't add it - that's going to catch pant legs, legs, etc. Well - what's the deal? This one slid right up there! Sooooooo - I guess - like that silver thing under the radiator - I'll work on this another time - by myself - it'll go on. We step back, admire our work and agree - we are not looking at anything else - the electric and plumbing must be first and foremost now!!!!
The plan for our next work weekend: replacement of knob-and-tube wiring - which has been the plan for Day 1, from Day 1 - but - truly when you have water coming in from everywhere - that does need fixed first!
The next post will be about snipping and pulling. Hmmmmmmm...................