November 26, 2014

Getting there

I finished off the work that I wanted to do on my kitchen door today, so I’ve almost ticked off all of the boxes on my Winter ‘To-Do’ list. The idea was to make and fit a threshold piece and weatherboard and also, in the process, shorten the height of the door so I could have a doormat. This would be a boon by helping to prevent walking in mud and water when the weather gets bad, which was always a problem previously.

I completed half of the job a few days ago so today I had to make and fit the weatherboard and a panel to go along the bottom of the door inside. The panel was necessary because the strip I attached to the bottom of the door to get the height I wanted was a bit thinner than the door itself, so the panel was needed to make up the additional thickness.

First, the weatherboard. This is how it now looks from the outside with the door closed.

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It’s a very snug fit, in fact better than the one I made for the back door, which gets more rain on it, but that’s down to luck of the draw, I suppose. Here’s a shot of the door open, taken from outside.

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And here’s another taken from the inside showing how much better things will be, with the new doormat extending across almost the whole doorway.

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This shot shows the panel that I had to make up to go across the bottom of the door inside. I got hold of a nice strip of wood from Les Briconautes that was about 60 x 6 mm, with a half-round on both edges. By cutting it down for height, I got rid of one of the round edges that I didn’t need and the other rounded edge came in handy too. The thickness of the panel is just a bit more than was needed but having its top edge rounded, it doesn’t look out of place at all, even if, for the time being, it is painted in white undercoat when the rest of the door is an awful red!

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So that’s it for now. The next job on the list is to repair a cracked pane in one of my front windows. It’s been like that since before I moved in and having repaired the pane that got smashed the other day in the kitchen door, I took the opportunity to acquire a piece of glass to repair this one too. Then what, can I take a rest? Well no, not just yet. Water has been finding its way into my atelier under the southern end of my house whenever we get a period of persistent heavy rain. I think I’ve spotted the reason why, so I need to take a look at that as soon as I can. There’s no rest… 😐