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From Bad to Worse (Temporarily)

September 12, 2011

This weekend we had some nice weather and decided to start the garage on its road to looking tolerable.  This started last weekend with building new doors, and continued this weekend with scraping and sanding all the siding and wood on the front as well as hanging the new doors.  Of course, nothing is ever as easy as it would seem.  First Alexandra scraped most of the paint off the front of the garage, then I worked with a belt sander to smooth things out.  Then I tore off the old doors and the real problems began.

The trick to hanging a door that swings really nicely is that everything has to be very level and very sturdy.  In this old garage neither of those things is true.  So, I started by completely redoing the corners, including some new mudsill and then drilling in concrete anchors to hold everything very square and level.  Once I had the corners where I needed them, I straightened everything else out and made the framing around the opening plumb.  Then I placed the doors in the opening and hung them on their new hinges.  Unfortunately, as you can see from the photo below, hanging nice square plumb doors in a not so perfect opening looks pretty terrible.

Fortunately I will be putting molding up to disguise the fact that the opening is not square.  With that done and some repairs to the siding we will be ready to paint!  Of course this will all take a few weeks since we aren’t going to be in town for the next two weekends.

In the kitchen drywall should be put up by mid week and hopefully taping and mudding will go quickly.  Then the floor needs fixing, and then we’ll paint and finally, finally we will be ready to put up cabinets.  I admit I’m still having a hard time believing that this will all actually happen, but fingers crossed we might actually reclaim all the space taken up currently by appliances, countertops and cabinetry.

On a totally random note, it was Alexandra’s birthday a few weeks ago, and her birthday present finally arrived on Friday.

They’re called Air Swimmers, and they are super cool.  They are even more fun than they look from the video (and they look pretty fun!).  We spent half of Saturday at Alexandra’s adviser’s house, as he has two young kids and I think the best endorsement for these things was the soul crushing look of depression on their faces when they realized we were leaving and so were the Air Swimmers.  I think these will be THE toy for Christmas this year.  In fact, they are already very very hard to get.  So if you want one, you better go hunting!

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Jess permalink
    September 13, 2011 4:01 AM

    haha! there was someone at dragon*con this year with an air swimmer shark. just imagine a huge hotel lobby area packed shoulder to shoulder with nerds, and a shark is swimming in the air above them in a 50 story atrium. it was pretty awesome

  2. JON JELLEMA permalink
    September 28, 2011 12:20 PM

    Everything is looking great. Serious question for Alex — given the weight of the garage doors you built, what about a third (middle) hinge on each door?

    • September 28, 2011 1:23 PM

      Great question, the honest answer is, I didn’t put a third hinge on because Home Depot only had four matching hinges. I am planning on adding a middle hinge next time we go to HD to pick up the trim and other stuff. The doors really do weigh a ton, probably in the realm of 100lbs each. I used long deck screws to attach the doors to the framing for a little extra support.

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