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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 8/27/2017

Well, it took all fracking weekend because I made 842 (approximately) measurements and checks as I went, but I finally got it in (and) working properly.

As I noted a couple of weeks back I was pretty sure that I'd messed up the frame on the door and, sure enough when I took it all down, there was the culprit...two wooden shims I had (mistakenly) used to level out the door.  It took me most of last weekend to clean up all of the adhesive I'd used the first time around, then remove the shims and scour out the bottom of the threshold on the frame so there wasn't any left.  

So this weekend when I started putting things back in--hopefully for the last time--I was extremely careful to check absolutely everything.  I checked level everywhere.  I checked and rechecked measurements.  I check the distance to the frame to the wall's edge on both sides of the frame on the inside, then did it again on the outside. I even took an hour to tack up a pair of diagonal plumb lines so I could confirm the diagonal measures--it was perfect.   

As I was doing all this I did notice a bit of staining on parts of the door, presumably due to water blowing in over the course of the winter (remember it wasn't properly sealed up or anything, just tarps).  Looking at it it all seemed relatively superficial, and was pretty sure a light sanding would fix it.  

So when it was all said and done, I carefully levered the doors up (they are extremely heavy) and attached the hinges.  That took rather more time than I had planned, as I was worried that doing this so many times before might have stripped the holes.  I made sure to coated the screws with adhesive just to be safe, and everything fit nice and tight.  

Finally when it was all up and attached, it was time to close those doors.  If I'd done my job right, I'd be able to close the doors nice and easy and tight and.....

...and they did!  

I knew those stupid shims had thrown it all off.....sigh....

So anyway, now the door is in.  It's really properly attached or sealed or anything yet, and I need to buff out the water stains a bit before I apply the color stain.  That's all down the road though.  The important thing is that the door is in, and it works, and it closes properly, and all those goodly things!

Of course I immediately noted a problem.  The speakeasy was crooked, and crooked slightly differently on the front (where the metal is) and on the back (which has the little door you open).  After verifying it wasn't anything wrong with the door (which I checked every which way), I made an executive decision and took that sucker off.  I'll put it up later when I have more time.

So mote it be.  Dang that was too much work!


Steven in Colorado




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The door plumb lines from the side, more or less. It was a bit tricky to get that shot but it was enough to show they were properly touching.
The plumb lines from the side...nice and tight.
Look at that awesome bit of levelness....
Properly level on both sides of the frame.
That speakeasy isn't right though...everything else is level.
Closeup shot of the level on the speakeasy itself.
And just to double check, here's the speakeasy sitting on the floor. The speakeasy is clearly level, as is the floor its sitting on.
Just look at those awesome doors.


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