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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 12/6/2016

Well now, we pretty much got nothing but sucky weather for the last couple of weeks. Oh, there were bouts of (nice) warmth in which I could get a bit done, but with rapidly diminishing amount of sunlight my window of ability to get work done was getting smaller and smaller.

At least I've got the wall around the door is good enough for the winter. I decided to various strips of wood and such to hammer out some temporary coverings for the exterior, with the ultimate aim towards creating a temporary "wall" that would allow me to pack in insulation. The exterior wall is not done correctly by any means whatsoever--I used Velcro for some of the pieces to attach them up--but the idea wasn't to make it pretty, just allow me to install insulation a bit.

Once that was all done (took a day) then I spent the next quality day packing in insulation around the door. Since the door's exterior is so relatively irregular (compared to a square door) I put on my latex gloves and kinda packed it in a chunk at a time. I backslid a couple of times when I accidentally pushed off one of the boards I'd attached (Velcro), so I had to clean up the mess and put it all back. But after pretty much all of the "warm window" available to me, it is done.

Now as a reminder this is NOT DONE YET. This is just a way to get things closed up a bit for the winter and stop the colder weather from blowing through those big openings. Come the spring I'll have to tear this all out and do it right, spending much quality time carefully cutting the concrete board, then repeating the process on the interior. I might decide to put up some temporary drywall on the interior since even a temporary wall will cut down infiltration a bit, but we'll see... It will in part depend on how well it's doing the insulation just with just the insulation.

So I lost the race with the winter weather but that's okay... It was necessary (new truck) and I've got all kinds of flexibility. The final piece I want to get done before I call it "done" right now is to get the locksets installed--I've got a fancy keypad lockset (so I don't lose keys any more) and (for the winter months, like now) a nice long deadbolt. That means a bit more drilling out of the holes for the bolts (the doors are bored for the two locksets but oddly enough there's nothing to receive the bolts, which I think is weird) but I can get that.

Good progress at least. Once the door is "good enough" the next project is probably either the big curtains over the big room windows or possibly getting the chandelier up; depends on when that scaffolding gets here.

Steven in Colorado

Photos

The door from the outside--not a great pic, more shade than I'd wanted, but you can see the temporary blocking to help seal it up for the winter.
The door from the inside--nicely packed in everywhere, there is NO infiltration or wind coming through that puppy (it's about 10" thick throughout that area).


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