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March 09, 2014

Basement Improvements

Harry came over yesterday to install the new basement door that I had bought when we were getting supplies to insulate the garage. If you remember, the old door was bowed, warped, and ugly green and would have let someone in (even when locked) if they looked at it crosse-eyed.

  Basement Door
Basement Door

Harry had to install some sheet rock on the garage side and install a new door sill, before getting the door set.

  Downstairs door outside
Downstairs door outside
Downstairs door outside

One of my favorite parts (besides the dang thing isn't green) is the fact that I got a lever handle instead of a door knob - and it is one that doesn't lock. I only have to unlock the dead bolt. Deadbolts are my friend as I am paranoid about locking myself out of the house and with deadbolts I know I had keys when I left the house anyway.

While harry was doing that, I was busy demolishing a small portion of wall in the living room. Of course that led to complications as the electrical box was junk, and we found that my living room, kitchen and at least part of the office (the wall with my computer plugged in), are all on the same circuit, so that will need to be fixed before I finish up my project. However, Harry had been here 5-6 hours, so needed to leave.

He will be back in a couple of weeks to help with the electrical. Dang, I didn't mean this to become a project for him, but he is being very good natured about it.

Posted by Bogie on March 9, 2014 at 07:40 AM in House Work | Permalink


Harry is certainly one talented/knowledgeable fellow. Wow! What a difference the door makes. I'm 100% with you on wanting deadbolts (and levers!)

Too often we find commonality of circuitry when everything goes dark at once. It's difficult to do anything about the darkness, in the darkness. It will be great to have that issue taken care of.

Posted by: Cop Car at Mar 9, 2014 10:17:45 AM

Harry was formerly a contractor, so he should know his stuff. Very nice to have a friend who can help me out with these projects!

Posted by: bogie at Mar 16, 2014 7:12:25 AM