I haven’t been doing a daily update on our Sprint to the Finish, because it’s turned into a Limp to the Finish. There’s not much progress, at least to the casual viewer.
The thing is, finishing tasks can be all blood and no glory. Take these persnickety old doors and their truly awkward hardware, for example.
In order to make the doors functional, Rob had to take the latch/lock mechanisms completely apart, discard most of the interior parts, and re-build the doors with various hand-shaped pieces of fir.
Then, he had to cobble together the miscellaneous mis-matched hardware and vintage door knobs we had in the box, plus buy a latch that was the right length for commercial doors.
And, being a bit of a perfectionist, he wanted to use brass screws the same vintage as the doors. Then, once the latches were assembled, we both had to fill and sand and stain the wood adapters so THEY also looked the same vintage.
Here are some results of our painstaking efforts:
We definitely ended up with funky door hardware.
And, in slightly other progress, we had this eyesore to deal with:
Four years after the windows were installed, I have finally done the staining and finishing of the last window. It has been hidden behind the plastic that protected the window from spray-on insulation, drywall mud, and spray paint.
It’s also nine feet up, with a sink cabinet below, making access to it difficult for me.
Rob has one of those ladders that convert into a scaffold, and it fit right over the sink cabinet. I put a small stool on top to make it the right height for me.
Meanwhile, we laminated, planed, sanded, stained and varathaned four strips of fir flooring to build a sill/surround.
Now that wall cavity is covered up. Much better!
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