House from Northwest
|House from Northeast|
Well, it's January of 2016, and I see that it's been quite some time since I made an entry so I thought I'd spend a chapter bringing everyone up to date. While I continue to do most of the work myself, I hired a retired contractor to do odd jobs whenever I can afford him. This guy is my age and we have a lot of the same interests, so it's great to have someone to bounce ideas off of.
I spent the majority of the year doing drywall, but I plan to devote the next chapter to that, so I'll skip it for now.
One major addition has been the garage doors. If you recall, there are doors at each end of the garage so that you can drive straight through. The rear doors are seldom seen except in your mirror as you drive away, so I bought inexpensive steel doors for that end.
These were under $500 each, but the supplier wanted to sell me a door opener unit for each door. The openers I wanted are the type that mount on the wall above the door and directly wind the roll-up shaft, instead of the usual ceiling-mounted chain-and-pulley type. Being a fairly new invention, these cost about 3 times as much as the old-style openers. Besides the price, the thought of 4 units with 4 remote-controls was simply unacceptable. I saw no reason why a single opener at each end of the garage couldn't open two doors simultaneously. The supplier was against this, but since these openers can handle a single double-wide door, I saw no reason why they couldn't handle two single-wide doors. After all, the coil springs carry most of the weight.
So I bought two extra collets on eBay, mounted the opener units between the doors, and connected the wind-up shafts going out both directions. They work great! Each set of doors goes up and down in perfect unison. A single remote control has separate buttons for the front and rear sets of doors.
Since the front set of garage doors are much more visible, I decided to splurge and get handsome fiberglass doors for that end. Though the outer surface is weatherproof fiberglass, they are wood-grain, and most people are fooled into thinking they are actual wood. My supplier had one of these doors in his warehouse, where it had been gathering dust for the past few years, so he let me have it for half-price. I then ordered another identical unit for its twin.
The second door took about 8 weeks to come in, and when it finally did it had no windows! So my supplier had glass cut to the right sizes locally, but I still needed fiberglass frames. We ordered those, but they sent the wrong size. On the final try they sent the right size, but the wrong color. At that point I decided to just give up and paint them. After cutting window holes and mounting the glass and frames in the door they ended up looking great, but why can't anything ever be easy?