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Day 373 – Exterior doors arrive!

June 27, 2011

It’s been a six week wait, but the two new exterior doors arrived last week.

Doors? Exciting? Perhaps not to a average person, but when you’ve been whithout them it’s different. It took awhile to find doors that matched our existing door which was likely original. You can’t just get these from the local big box store, although I guess they are mass produced as we found them working through our local Parr store. They’re a Huttig product, which was made in Washington state.

We’ve gotten the new back patio door hung and bored, with a lockset installed as well. Having this opening being a door – finally – is just weird, because even though we’ve had the addition for over a year now, we’ve never had door here. The “door” just been a sheet of plywood, covered by Tyvek. Having a door here will really enable us to use this new porch space (okay, that’s an obvious statement).

Boring the door was a tedious process, not so much because we didn’t know how, but the Ryobi template was not the easiest to use, and we ended up having the supplied drill bit snap. We took the unit back, replacing with a DeWalt product which was much easier to use.

Why didn’t just order the doors pre-bored for a lockset? At the time we ordered, we had plans on using a mortise lockset instead. This uses a much different boring, and one that’s usually custum to the lockset. A mortise lock would have been period to our house, but cost won out. The conventional tubular lockset we ended up buying was cheaper, but we found one that had a period look. A big ol’ front door locket wouldn’t have been right for a farmhouse anyways.

Roughing in door to a new opening was one thing, and not entirely easy at that. But our second door is destined for the front of our house, and that’s going to be a little different as it’s the old section of the house with a non-standard opening and most likely a non-standard wall structure. We’ll post more on that when we get there!

From → Door, Outside, Porch

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