Noooow this here’s a story all about how I… watched other people install a door. And how I slept through the majority of it also. NAPS, people. We showed you the original back door guy when the deck happened. And we also told you that it would be replaced. I loved the style of it (you know, character and all), but it definitely didn’t seal out any of the weather, it had some pre-holes from where our Carpenter-Bee friends bored in, and it basically just reached the end of its useful life. So Dad and J came back from Home Depot one afternoon with a door. They said they were going to install it “real quick”. Before people came over to watch the World Cup. RIGHT. #onenationoneteam
They popped the old door off real quick, and then started to remove the trim. This required many people. J, to make sure Dad didn’t fall. Mom, to hand Dad some refreshments. And myself, to take photos. Phew. That’s some hard work.
So with old houses, things get pretty gross. See? Years of dirt hanging out inside our house. They then cut a new threshold out of a leftover piece of 1×12 from the deck man. (Pressure treated and such.) They had to notch out the edges and cut one side at an angle, and basically did this step perfectly.
Then they dry-fit the new door. Just to make sure. Then I fell asleep. Like Rusty, the Narcoleptic Dog. When I woke up, they were still at it. They needed lots of shims and wiggling and long screws. BTW, most of the screws stripped. Entonces, I have no progress shots. But basically, it was soccer time, the door wasn’t exactly correct, and, well… it at least closed with the deadbolt. So we left it at that.
BTW, we bought a new knob/ deadbolt set a few weeks prior from Amazon. (It matches our front door knob, and we can re-key it ourselves to match the front!) Affiliate link here: Kwikset Juno Entry Knob and Deadbolt Combo Pack featuring SmartKey in Venetian Bronze
Later in the week, Mom and Dad came back and re-jiggered it, so now it works. Then Mom sealed everything up with caulk and trim. And viola! A door!