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So...I am an idiot...

Didn't think about something until it got cold again this year.

See I've been focusing on getting the basement sealed and one of the things I've been dealing with has been airflow under/through the old slat style door, It just seems to pass air under it like nothing despite what I do. (Yes I have tried all manner of draft dodgers and such. A permanent one is installed right now. The concrete is curved among other things.)

Well one of the issues is that the outside stairwell gets a lot of wind. It just occurred to me that I have everything but hinges and maybe some other small things to create an almost classic stairwell "cellar" door.

It'll keep the wind from buffeting the basement door and it'll be cheap too. So will probably pick up some hinges here this week, cut the boards and plywood I have in stock, and seal off that area.

Probably going to paint it black just to gather what little solar absorption I can. The angle in question might make it worthwhile to do something solar-heating-ish with it but that would probably make it to heavy to easily lift. And I need to be able to remove it so i can get the computer rack down here eventually.

Nice that I have almost all the parts though. :-)

Cross-posted from Dreamwidth ( http://nimitzbrood.dreamwidth.org/280036.html ) but feel free to comment here as well.

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Nov. 19th, 2014 11:07 pm (UTC)
Need help?
I'm still here...
Nov. 20th, 2014 12:58 am (UTC)
Re: Need help?
Definitely accepting help on this one if you're willing. :-)

I think you still have my cell number somewhere? If not then PM me via LJ and I'll get it to you.

I will have both time and money this weekend but likely not transport until Saturday as that is when I can afford the battery for Dorothy. (And hopefully the fuel hose for Sam.)

Regardless you are probably driving up here. We can work out gas and food or something else. No big deal.

Picked up four of the large zinc door t-hinges as plans are for this to be a two-piece door. I'll work out a way to make sure it stays closed after it's built.

But yes I could gladly use the extra hand! Thanks!
Nov. 20th, 2014 11:04 pm (UTC)
How's your Sunday look?
I had a cell number, but not the one you just supplied... Will CQ by voice or text after I get a better idea of what's on my plate for this weekend.

Do you lack any tools, or just an extra body? I can bring a chopsaw(regular or compound miter? please specify) sawzall and corded drills; 3/8" and/or 1/2". May be able to borrow a SDS hammer drill too - let me know what you need?
Nov. 21st, 2014 12:04 am (UTC)
Re: How's your Sunday look?
At this point my weekend is pretty open. My wife and child are going to a birthday party on Sunday so even better.

I think we're good on tools. I'm a little disorganized but at this time just an extra body is helpful.

I'm not planning on drilling into the concrete but attaching the door to the existing wood railing and decking with hurricane brackets and an L-bracket or two. That should be stable enough.

The door design will be two half doors in reality. And I've simplified my life by deciding to get rid of the storm door down there. With the door above, it will not be needed any more.

The plan is an L frame made of sistered 2x6 treated lumber. Those will be attached on the 6" side by hurricane/L brackets to the existing rails/deck.

The T-Hinges will attach to those and the doors. Since I've decided to get rid of the storm door that means the width of the doors only have to be about 54" not 60". I'm planning on a 2x4 attached to the side of the house for the doors to rest on. I'll figure out latches or something after the rest is done.

I'll probably seal the edges with spray foam on the inside. For the bottom edge that touches the stairs it'll have to be something like a rubber skirt edge. Again I can figure that out once the rest is done.

I would kind of like to paint the doors since they will be visible from the street and are untreated plywood. Not sure if I have black paint or not. I know I have an old can of the red that the house is painted with but not sure what condition that is in. Also that throws drying time into the mix.

...as you can see...rambling...lol. Anyways Sunday is good. Bring what you think might be needed. We'll work out gas or something. I'll see if I can stock a decent beer before then. ;-)
Nov. 21st, 2014 12:31 am (UTC)
Re: How's your Sunday look?
Can't carry paint in the car, but I'll be there at some point...
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