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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 7/14/2016

Well now, I've started to disassemble the old door in preparation to putting in the new one. Along the way I've already made some interesting (and distressing) discoveries.

It's turned out to be more work than I thought, but then I'm going slowly and deliberately as well so I don't really mind. I hadn't thought about the rock outside the door, a large part of which is over the lower area that the new door will cover (under the windows). That all had to be removed, and since I didn't want to have to cut through mortar (cement) I had to remove all of that too.

The framing had to come out so I could get the existing threshold out, and that's when I made my first distressing discovery. The framing took quite a bit of work to remove (it was nailed in pretty well), but once I did I discovered there was no insulation in the wall around the doors/windows. There literally was nothing but air --if I stood in the right place I could look into the house (once I removed the internal framing.

Un. Be. Lievable.

The sheer level of incompetence -- the absolute lack of care for the job -- just reinforced even more my decision to do this whole thing myself. Where in the heck did Builder Dale get these incompetent boobs?!?!?!?!

And since there's nothing around the door or windows I'm sure there's nothing in the header overhead either. I hadn't planned to open that up since I think the new door will just fit inside it, but now I reckon I have to find out. At this point I'll bet solid money that the incompetent monkeys Builder Dale found to do the job of installing the existing door didn't put squat in there.

We'll see.

Still, progress is quite good. Saturday I'll take out the windows, which will leave holes in the house though smaller ones I can cover with plastic overnight. On Sunday morning the door itself comes out, and on Sunday afternoon the chandelier finally moves into the house. And that will indeed be glorious!


Steven in Colorado

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The old door from the inside. You can see the tarps I hung around the porch to keep away at least some critters through the windows on either side.
A shot of the mortar behind the rock where I was removing it. They did a good job of putting the rubberized flashing around everything (at the top) and the chicken wire has done a fine job of holding the mortar and stone, at least.
Some of the rock I removed from the exterior wall. I'll clean this all up and add it to my pile of "repair rock" eventually, as I won't need it with the new door.
The good news: Excellent flashing above the door! The bad news: NO FRACKING INSULATION!!!!!!!
One of the sides of the door. Note the complete lack of insulation yet again.


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