Monday, November 19, 2012

door doctor


jambaloney here! i had this post ready a few days ago, but our internet connection  has been bonkers the past few days - but it's working now!!

hey helga, here is what it looks like when the mist clears in the AM:



you might recall that in march of this year i shattered a pane on our tempered glass door out front while weed whacking - it was a freak accident, i was 40 feet away! as it was a double paned insert, only the outside pane broke, i taped it for the summer:



later on in the spring while garbage picking, i found a door in someone's garbage with the exact same glass and one broken pane, it is the second door in this pic:



 i took the good pane out and put it in a safe place...


as fall rolled around, it was getting time to fix the door..


you can see the broken glass in the frame here:


i had to remove the frame on one side... ALWAYS put the stray pieces in a plastic something with a lid... you will need those later!!!


the frame is glued on so i had to be careful prying it off...


here is the frame out and the still-sticky glue..



to get rid of the broken glass, i had to peel all the glue out...


and then put on some gloves and put a new blade in the stanley knife. there are all kinds of utility knives these days, but nothing beats the old standard... the metal stanley knife!! this was a time consuming job!!


 here is the door with all the broken glass and crud removed..


here is the replacement, still glued to the metal divider...


gotta love the stanley knife!! careful cutting to get the glass off the divider without breaking it - another time consuming job!!!


voila - a new pane of glass!!!


it took me a long time to find the scraper i was looking for, hardware stores don't seem to stock them anymore.. yep, made by stanley!!


i scraped the glass as clean as i could ...


got some silicone caulking....


glued the new pane of glass to the divider in door and weighed it down..


it's a bit messy looking, but here is the finished product... double pane tempered glass door!!


and here it is all nice and painted - ready to keep us warm and bright!!



here is another sky pic for Helga...she loves the sky pics!


i know all theses "fixer-upper" posts are boring, but it's what i am doing these days -  there IS fun stuff coming, i promise!

cheers!

42 comments:

  1. Not boring. It beats a lot of the stuff out there.

    Great job on the door.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks matt i am glad you don't find it boring, maybe it was me, this job bugged me more than most ;-)

      happy happy happy thanksgiving.... okay, my song sucks - better read kymber's again!

      cheers buddy!

      Delete
  2. Good job. And I learned something, now I know how those are put together!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks craig - i am glad you found it useful!!!

      Delete
  3. it is nice to see somebody recycle a discarded door into a working door

    Wildflower

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks wf - it was a luck find ;-)

      cheers!

      Delete
  4. "ALWAYS put the stray pieces in a plastic something with a lid... you will need those later!!! " LOL - now RMan, he's a specialist fixer-upper. And most of the time, like you, he does an extremely good job. His only problem is all the "spare parts' he has left over...

    Nice one, Jambaloney :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. i understand what he is going through... often when i am done, there are a few "leftovers" - begging the question, what did i miss??

      cheers dani - thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  5. Well thank you very much, you reminded me I have a door I need to fix, I was hoping for a better day.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. uh, sorry duke - i WAS trying to be helpful, just not the way it turned out fro you.

      i hope today is better for you and you are able to forget...

      that door you need to fix ;-)

      Delete
  6. no no no no, never boring. I learn lots. Even if I cannot do a task, I can explain to someone who actually has strength and is willing. Besides, men taking things apart, fixing them like new is very sexy. Did you men know that?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. i am glad you learn lots - i will keep these types of posts coming then...


      no - i didn't know that, have you seen me covered in mud??
      NOT sexy - ;-)))

      Delete
  7. I've got both the Stanley utility knife and the scraper that you show in your post. I suspect both will last forever. However, I did cave in a few years back and bought a newest Stanley utility knife where I can change the blade out by pressing a button in a matter of seconds. I use it most now because a sharp blade is always a joy and with my old knife, I found that I would struggle with the dull blade just because it would take me a few minutes to change it. I still keep it around because it is handy to have two of them at times and it has a thinner case which does come in handy now and then. Good job on the door by the way.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hey ed!

      i have about 5 different utilty kives, a couple have retractable blades, another can take saw blades.. they all have buttons or knobs for servicing...all very useful.

      however, if i want maximum rigidity or control, noting beats the original, no springs, no clips, just a hard metal body... nothing beats it when you need it to really work.

      glad you think the door is a good job!

      Delete
  8. Jam, It may be boring if you are the person who has to work so hard to get all the old caulk out, and then secure it all again, but from the armchair, it's fascinating ! My husband had the same thing happen some years ago, when I called to him to toss me my brush, he did and it tapped the glass on the door. It also was a freak accident. Over three minutes the glass made funny noises until all the safety glass was broken but intact. Our friends teased him for months that he had been trying to hit ME with the brush, which hadn't been true. Glad your repair went so well.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. i guess that is why i called it boring, i didn't have as much fun with this project, took a long time!!

      if you find it fascinating, more power to you and more similar posts to come!

      this window make the same funny noises and it took about 10 mins to complete. we were getting ready for planting season, so i taped the whole surface with pacing tape for the summer - lazy, but it worked!!

      cheers jane!

      Delete
  9. Hey Jam,

    Not boring at all my friend. It reminds me of all the work that still needs doing. Great job!
    Give Kymber a hug from me.
    Your Friend,
    Sandy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hey sandy - thanks, but i am sorry you had to think about your job list ;-)

      i gave your hug to kymber, you have a great day!!

      your friend,
      jambaloney

      Delete
  10. What luck finding a free replacement! Good job with the repair.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. that's exactly what was going through my mind when i stopped the truck in the rain and grabbed that door!

      thanks and cheers!

      Delete
  11. Very interesting, you do some fine work. Seems rumors of your death have been greatly exaggerated. Give Sweet kymber a hug for me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hey friend!

      i don't know about "interesting" or "fine" in this case, but i am glad you enjoyed it ;-))

      nope, still kicking, i will give my sweet wife a hug on your behalf!

      Delete
  12. Hi Jambaloney - You've done an excellent repair job on the door. It's never boring to see before and after pics - and the after must be so rewarding for you. Good going !

    Thanks for the very pretty sky as there are many of us ladies who look forward to them. I hope you haven't eaten the entire bag yet ... bahahahah ;)) xoxoxo

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hey halga!

      thanks - like many, you seem to have been a lot more entertained than i was!!

      lots of sky pics for you down the road..

      nope, not yet ;-)) they sure are yummy though!

      Delete
  13. now that you are done with that door...feel free to come down here. We could use something new for our front door. Good job!.
    Tell Kymber hello!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. if kymber lets me go, no problem - don't hold your breath though ;-))

      i will give her a nudge from you - cheers and thanks for stopping by!!

      Delete
  14. Nicely done!!! Thanks for showing us that it doesn't need to be scary and intimidating. You break it down simply and step by step. Thank you!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. i am really glad you saw it that way, no, not scarey or intimidating, but it is a pain in the butt!! ;-))

      cheers 1st!

      Delete
  15. Back when I was young and stupid, I decided to see if you can cut tempered glass. I decided that it would probably require a water-cooled tile saw.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hahahaha!

      oh buddy, i have cut much glass in my time, i can totally see what happened next ;-)))

      i don't even know if the tile saw would work, did you ever try?

      cheers and thanks for stopping by!

      Delete
  16. I'm the fixxer upper in the family and I was not bored at all. I was disappointed. I was all ready for the last photo, showing cracked glass....But you succeeded magnificently. Now, go load up on extra ammo like I did today. You've got to protect that glass!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. glad you found it entertaining, but i sense you weren't really rooting for me ??? ;-))))))))

      the only thing i have to protect that glass form is me, next year when i a weed wacking the front, i will be putting a board up.

      cheers lotta!

      Delete
  17. It's not boring, because you are still hinting around at your non-appearance. The Doctor Doctor title tells us all we need to know.

    But I will drop the theme.

    Just don't think that we don't know what is going on here. Cover up!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. russel:

      i will assure you that i am very much alive and clothed...

      it is pretty cold now, hence, fixing the door ;-)

      Delete
  18. Such a simple project, but it's the simple ones that take forever to me. All that glue and painful slow work prying stuff off and getting all the old glass cleaned up.
    Good job on the metal razor knife. I have one that was my Dad's, it's probably older than I am.
    Hello to you both!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. hello back max!!

      glad you caught that - seemed like a simple project, but all that fidgety stuff adds up ;-)

      keep that knife - they are gold..

      cheers max!

      Delete
    2. If you ever need another, my local HW store has them.

      Delete
    3. thanks grand, swell of you to offer - i think i may have another in an old toolbox i used to keep in the truck, if not, i will take you up on your offer..

      cheers!

      Delete
  19. yeah, not boring! Learning something new is always good!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. thanks pal - glad to help - you know those things are expensive and i knwo you love to tinker..

      just don't go finding an excuse to break one ;-)

      Delete
  20. Not boring at all, and I totally agree with you about the stanley knife. I won't use anything else. And I can't stand those snap off blades either. You can't beat the old traditional knife I don't think. So is silicone caulking enough to hold the glass in place?

    ReplyDelete
  21. hey llcooljoe!

    glad you found it entertaining!!

    snap off blade are for keeping in teh vehicle or stuff like that, real work needs a real knife ;-))

    the caulking holds the two pieces of glass together and seals it, the plastic frame holds the glass in the cutout in the door - that gets caulked as well (i forgot to take a pic of that step)

    cheers, mate!

    ReplyDelete