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Posted by Steven in Colorado Springs, CO on 7/22/2018

Well dang....took a bit long to get back to this then I'd thought it would.  I ended up using the entire weekend getting an old truck down to be towed away; NOT an experience I want to care to do again!

But anyway...to The Door!

I was finally able to finish up the left hand side of the door, so next up was the right.  Things at least went a bit more quickly now that I've done the other side first and so I was able to get the first few rocks up quickly.  At that point while waiting for everything "up high" to set I realized that I hadn't yet worked on two other parts of the door.....the left and right sides and the rock below the door's threshold.

I recall when I was taking the old door out that most of these rocks basically fell off as a side effect of all the hammering and cutting and whatnot.  I honestly didn't think too much of it at the time as I was focused on opening up the wall so I could get the antler chandelier in (other than being really annoyed by the whole thing), but upon examination as I was scoping out the problem I really that they had barely been properly adhered in the first place!  The mortar was very thin, the chicken wire was simply buried under far too much concrete--they would have fallen off if I'd slammed the door very hard, I think.

Disgraceful and sloppy work indeed.

Okay...deep breath.  Since I discovered I could multitask with rock in several areas around the door I began to do just that, working in a "round robin" kind of way to get the rock back on.  For the most part this meant I could work faster but there were unexpected complications--the old chicken wire stuck out over the threshold of the new door (since it was larger now) and some of the old mortar had to chiseled off to provide a more level surface to re-attach the new stone.  

Still it's been an interesting day.  I spent much of the time taking a long break to measure and set out potential stones and prepping the surface, followed by a whirlwind of setting rock in one section around the door or another.

Not done yet, but getting there!  Next week I think.  Bwahahahahahahahahahahaha……..


Steven in Colorado

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Lots of bracing and clamping, but I made progress.
This is the left hand side of the door; a lot of that was mostly because I had to trim down the chicken wire.
This is the section underneath the door. Basically ALL of that rock fell off due to their sub-standard work....sigh. That's okay, I can fix it.


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