Hey y’all! Ok so normally, I would be ready to rage about how the most recent project was done outside, but it wasn’t really that bad, because I was under shade the entire time. This post will detail the installation of a storm door on the “servants entry”. In modern society, we simply call this the side door, but since some readers think I live in a mansion, I thought you all would love that bit of architectural history and context. That being said, you should go back and read my last post to read about the original walk-in closet size! Now that is mansion-worthy!
At the very start, this storm door was advertised as “installing in only half the time!” As I type this now and think back to the moment we read the box, I should have known this was a scam. The box didn’t identify the standard time it takes to install a storm door! Is this just universal knowledge to all people? Me being the ignorant person I am, I just optimistically went with it. We both were really excited about how quick this project would potentially be. I mean, the manual did only show 9 steps. While I didn’t understand any of the jargon this manual used, I didn’t imagine it would be too difficult for me to learn. Spoiler alert: I thought wrong. Eric estimated 2 hours, but naturally, it wound up taking us 4 and a half hours!
Note, Eric did step 1 without me, which involved some minor prep work, painting and measuring. Eric had to make sure that the trim around the house was even and that this door would actually fit in just the right place. Step 2 is where I got heavily involved: we placed the hinge rail tight against the door and marked inside each goldfish-shaped hole where we would eventually be placing the screws. We then attached the hinge rail to the storm door. I got to use a powered screwdriver. I know that’s not the word for it, but I don’t feel like asking Eric for the right term. Just know that it is really exhilarating to use power tools. First, I got to use a miter saw and nail gun, and now I’m using a super powered screwdriver! Gone are the days of us doing silly projects purely for aesthetics! Or are they??
We finally get to the part where we actually attached the storm door to the side door. We drilled holes into the door frame then attached the hinged part of the storm door using screws. Thank goodness there was no overbearing heat or else I would be charging Eric a lot of Temperature Tax. Step 5 is installing the drip cap which is exactly what you think it is: it helps to keep water from dripping into the door. This helps to keep water from getting into cracks and into your home. Remember, we did a whole post on the importance of sealing cracks around your home! Step 6 involved attaching the other side of the hinged frame. This was somewhat difficult because we had to line it up perfectly to enable the door to open without hitting the frame.
At this point, I know we only have 3 steps left, and I’m breathing a sigh of relief at how straightforward the project has been. Step 7 is installing the handle. The instructions read: “follow the instructions in the storm door handle kit.” I look around aimlessly a bit, and Eric has another folded up piece of instructions with 7 additional steps. We were scammed. I let Eric handle this part as it was really intricate and complicated. I barked orders at him on which parts to use first as though I knew what I was talking about. I didn’t. But it worked. We added the storm door expander in step 8 in order to keep the bottom of the storm door adjustable to go against the sill. It makes up for any unevenness on the sill while also keeping out air.
We finally get to the last step which says the following: “follow the instructions in the closer kit”, and I let out a timely “are you effing kidding me?!” For the price of 9 steps, we got 11 more! Similarly to the steps involving the handle, this task was both above my paygrade and above my level of intellect. The closer is basically that object that looks like a pump. It allows the door to close at a slow place without much shock. It also serves as a stop to allow the door to only open so far. That way, when the wind blows hard, there will be resistance to prevent it from banging into wall.
This last step took quite some time, and our cat, Karma, took the opportunity to FINALLY ESCAPE HER RETIREMENT HOME! She used to live outdoors, but whenever she gets out now, Eric always screams at me to hurry up and grab her. She’s been an indoor cat for quite some time now. I never grew up picking animals up by the back of their necks, but apparently that is the best way to pick up a cat. I got over my skittishness and grabbed Karma before she ran off into the street. Eric picked her up from my grip and tossed her back into the house. We realized she was really cranky, because she hadn’t eaten. She was simply trying to get our attention like the diva she is. She’s always making noise and breaking into our bedroom at night. She also attracts other neighborhood cats onto our porch at night, and they chat amongst themselves through the window. Anyway, Eric finished the last several steps and we ended up being very pleased with the door.
Sorry to conclude the post talking about Karma, but she was very much a part of this project! Do your pets ever get involved in your house projects? I’m just now thinking about this, but we never use our side door. Why the hell did we do this?! ERIC! Do you also have projects where when you’re finished, you ask this same exact question? Let me know in the comments below, and be sure to stay up to date with me on twitter as well as twitch!