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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 10/10/2016

Okay, it's been a pretty busy couple of weeks since my last post, and I didn't really feel I had time to sit down and summarize everything. But I've got a Way Forward now and figured it was time to update folks on what's been going on.

This weekend was another Indian Summer weekend here in Colorado. We don't get many of those and we'll get fewer as the calendar careens towards December, so I naturally elected to devote it to working on the door.

Pretty quick though I found something that Just Wasn't Right. Early in the morning I went to open/close the right hand door s to try to figure out why it wasn't sitting right and the whole frame moved a good inch out! Basically as the door opened in, it shifted out.

WTH?!?!?!?!

I eventually realized what the issue was. Early in the process I'd skipped the step during installation in which you get the frame properly positioned and then glue it down. The instructions here are kinda interesting actually... They specifically say to use an entire tube of caulk. I hadn't done that because I wanted to be able to adjust the frame as needed, and because I figured the door would be heavy enough to stay in place anyway.

That'll teach me... I forgot just how heavy mahogany doors are.

Okay, so I took the doors off their hinges and walked them over to the sides of the room, then took out the set screws and carefully lowered the door frame back down to the floor. Since I had it out anyway I took the opportunity to work a bit on the concrete under the threshold (it was very slightly off level so I did some quality manual grinding work) I dry fit that puppy several times over the next day, carefully setting it into place, squaring and leveling it, marking where the edges were and measuring every distance I could think of.

And finally when I figured it was ready, I took an entire tube of polyurethane adhesive like the instructions said, put on a nice heavy coat everywhere the frame would sit and on its underside as well, then set the frame into place. I quickly checked and cross checked everything, made sure I was on my marks, made a couple of minor adjustments... and then let it sit.

My plan is to let it sit for the next week, getting nice and well glued down. I did a couple of quick checks this morning and was very pleased overall. Oddly both "legs" of the arch showed a very minor inclination towards one end, but this was quickly and experimentally taken care of with a couple of blocks between the arch and the 2x6 frame around the hole itself.

I'll do more work on it next week to adjust the frame and (hopefully) finish up roughing this thing in! It's starting to get a bit cold enough at night and that it's definitely noticeable out there in that room (which basically is open to the outdoors right now, just a big tarp over the hole and another around the porch). I'll probably have to drill new holes for the set screws but that's not a big deal; they're hidden under the weatherstripping. In the meantime I'll do more reading up on installing double doors and hopefully watch a video or two on YouTube about it... Nothing like seeing somebody else do what you need to do!

Slower progress than I'd like, but good progress!

Steven in Colorado

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The instructions said to use an "entire tube" of adhesive glue here, so I made sure I'd bought a brand new tube and got creative.
Tarp outside the door... I've got to give things a couple of days before I can work on the next step (installing the door).
Much darker on the inside


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