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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 10/22/2017

Well now, after got a day's worth of miscellaneous chores (mostly in town) I was able to get back to work on the door.  I'm a bit concerned that I'm going to run out of time (AGAIN!) this year given the issues that slowed me up back in the spring, but I'm gonna do my best.

What's up  next is getting the insulation all packed in and done.  This actually had two bits; first I needed to spray some of the insulating foam around all of interior "edges" of the tape to provide a secondary seal against any of the tape.  Mostly I was concerned with any of the tape coming loose over the course of the cold of the winter, but I also wanted to help make sure the tape was secure by "glueing it down" with the foam.  

The foam I used was a non-expanding foam, called Daptex.  I've used this before when building the shed and was very familiar with it....it almost more "dribbles" out than spraying and that works well for tighter spaces. I used it heavily in the very narrow (bottom) parts of the gap between the door frame the and major frame, and then used the rest of it to draw a good bead all along the where the tape ran along the frame and then the various bits of the drywall that were "held" by the tape. Above the door I had a slightly different problem since that was comparatively "deep" up there, but I layered it on carefully and slowing and used my fingers a couple of times to smooth it all out a bit.

After lunch (so I could let it all have time to dry) I began putting in the insulation.  I just used basic R-30 unbacked insulation, and basically just tore off chunks and stuffed it in the gaps working around the door.  This went pretty quickly for the most part, though it was slow going in the narrower bits at the bottom foot of each side (there's not a lot of clearance in there).  But I got it all done before the sun was hitting the western horizon, and so I called it a win.

I got the exterior protection back in (more weather was coming) and called it a day.  The important thing now is that the door is insulated and there's a hard exterior surface around it now.  Next up I can work from the inside if necessary, getting the interior drywall up and sealed and such. 

All and all, a good day.


Steven in Colorado

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The left hand side (looking from the inside of course).
The right hand side, again looking from the inside. Apologies for the light levels there; not quite sure what happened.
A shot of the full door, if somewhat canted (I guess I was holding the camera funky).


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