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Monday, February 25, 2008

On Monday, we got back onto the door install project by purchasing a hammer drill, larger concrete screws, and a matching bit. Once again, having the right tool for the job is a really good feeling. Where before, we were drilling into stones took forever to drill though (with the added bonus of fragging the bits), we were now punching through them. What power!

The pressure treated board was now acting as a sill plate for the bottom of the door to rest on. So, we hoisted the door into place and it barely fit into the rough opening. In fact, there was little to no clearance on the top of the door frame and some of the wood siding that we neglected to cut away was pushing on the sides of the frame, pushing the doors out of alignment.

So, we cut on the siding, leaned the door back out and put caulk on the bottom of the door, creating a tight seal that weather and bugs will not penetrate. I figured the rest of the project should be easy, since it's just a matter of making the door frame parallel with the earth, which aligns the doors as they were built from the factory, which should make them swing and shut easily.

Unfortunately, this was not the case. Due to our inexperience, we ended up screwing the frame too tightly to the studs (house) and pulling the frame apart unevenly, which made the doors too far apart at the bottom than at the top. So, now the doors would not close evenly. After messing with it for a while, we decided to give up for the night. So, I quickly installed a deadbolt and the locking pin for the inactive door to secure the door for the night.

We blew off the project on Tuesday because we needed a break. I was only intending on getting a beer with Mariah at the Flying Saucer but, we ended up staying until the trivia started. Even though Mariah ditched us for some free food in Round Rock, Cory and I decoded to form a team. We got stumped on quite a few questions and were never mentioned as the MC called out the teams by points. Bad night for trivia, good night for beer and brats.

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