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Blog entry by Scott Hildenbrand posted 10-27-2008 12:00 PM 1114 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It seems I’ve ran out of time in trying to beat the cold. This room is getting to be a bit too chilly for my taste. I’d resorted to plugging in the large oil heater to help offset some of the cold.

On the bright side, the storm door I ordered from Lowes came in and we picked it up yesterday along with some OSB sub floor so that I can put flooring into the attic space.

Spent a few hours yesterday installing the door, a 8500 Pella roll screen door in cranberry with oil rubbed bronze hardware to match the rest of the stuff in the house, or at least come close to it.

The color on the door is really nice.. The color of the paint I got to match, is not. Bit too brown.. It’s the second try to get the paint matched. They say the third time’s the charm.

Anyway, I’m going to end up being fed up with the cold in THIS room and will be replacing the the door itself. See, at some point the door was kicked, which bent it, causing alot of air gaps. Reasons why renting a home is a bad thing to do.. Now that we bought it and are fixing up these issues of neglect and abuse that the prior renters and owners before did, well… Alot to do.

The living room is cozy however.. In fact, it’s 45 outside now and I’ve got the door open and the storm door shut to see how well it works.. Not a bit of air is getting through it.. I did good.. :)

So… I figure next week I’ll replace the door over here and see if that doesn’t help out the temps in here some until I can insulate the far wall, which, apparently no one insulated it because it attaches to the garage, which is also not insulated… Idiots.

bbbrrrr…. 62 degrees in this room… That’s 6 degrees lower than the rest of the house..

anyway….. Here’s some pictures of the storm door in the other room.. What do you think? Ignore the crappy looking door. Going to strip it soon and give it a refinish.

I still have yet to install the brick molding.. Went with the PVC molding.. Price isn’t that bad and I never have to worry about it rotting.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b



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dini

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posted 10-27-2008 12:04 PM

Nice door! And what a cute doorman!

-- the day you quit learning is the day you quit living.

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Eklectic

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posted 10-27-2008 12:06 PM

My color and my time of a man!!
And I agree with the saying on the T-shirt!!

-- Eklectic, Follow my Bliss, South East Ontario 5a

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 10-27-2008 12:15 PM

lol… so you could read that huh… Picked that up at a Wee Runs event (group consignors sale)... So Cute it Hurts.. :) Has a Band-Aid across the front, too.. :D

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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jroot

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posted 10-27-2008 12:25 PM

Great looking door. Now is definitely the time to replace a cold drafty door. Cute kid.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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GrandmaT

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posted 10-27-2008 12:54 PM

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the color of your new screen door!!! Man it pops next to your stones. And such a cute “little door guy”!!!! His shirt is so darn cute!!! :-)

-- "A beautiful garden is a work of heart" --

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MsDebbieP

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posted 10-27-2008 02:53 PM

great job, I think!
it’s a challenge, for sure, to try and keep the heating costs down and work within a budget.

I had some plans for closing off our living room but nothing “looks” right…. still working on a plan.

I’m jealous of your being able to keep the door open and still have the room comfortably warm. Well done

-- - Debbie, SW Ontario Canada (USDA Hardiness Zone: 5a)

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 10-27-2008 05:04 PM

We’ve got french doors that separate the den (currently under insulated freezing room) from the rest of the house. Always a great option, They stay open more often than not, however.. But did prove useful while the son was very little… They locked.. ;)

Another great option would be to pocket doors, but there’s a fair amount of demo in installing those as you need to remove part of the wall itself and then rebuild.

So why close off the living room, anyway?

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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jroot

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posted 10-27-2008 06:11 PM

I think you may have to replace the inside door. It really looks like there is a hole in it. Was that from someone kicking it?

I had a rental property once, which I purchased and then rented out. One tenant left me with a $16,000 bill after only 9 months before I got rid of him. @#$%ing idiot. I rented to a couple, and within a month had 3 generations living in my house. They ripped off the 1870’s baseboards and window sills to use as firewood. Can you believe it? Damage to brand new carpet. Wall damage. You name it. Tenants from “down under”.

I am not a great fan of pocket doors. We had one in our home in Stratford, ON. For some reason, when it was humid, it always got stuck ( inside the wall). Maybe they can do better now. I don’t know for sure.

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 10-27-2008 06:37 PM

LOL.. The hole you see is a paint splotch.. The worst the door has is some slight warping and cracking from exposure. Besides, if it did have a hole I could still patch it.. I have enough fiberglass resin and sawdust on me to patch ANYTHING.

Wow on the rental… I’d actually thought of getting property and renting it out at one point but decided against ever thinking about it, ever again… People have hardly any respect for the things they own, let alone stuff they rent.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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jroot

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posted 10-27-2008 06:52 PM

I hear you on that one, Scott. Where is society going, anyway?

Glad to see that “the hole” is not indeed a hole. Paint can be covered. LOL

-- jroot ....... Southern Ontario .......... grow zone 5A ...................."Gardening is an exercise in optimism." ....... . . Author Unknown

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Bon

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posted 10-28-2008 08:37 AM

Nothing like good tight fitting doors to keep the heat in Scott and once you get that wall insulated you should be able to keep this room at 68 also with no trouble.

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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Scott Hildenbrand

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posted 10-28-2008 10:44 AM

Bon, I know it… On the front door (where I put the storm door) I installed weather stripping (kind below) by ripping down some pine on the table saw and putting a grove into it then tacking it around the perimeter of the door jamb.. Was actually REALLY easy.

Anyway, worked like a charm.. Blocked out almost ALL air infiltration through the door… Down side is now that there’s such a tight seal between both the exterior door AND the storm door, it makes closing it harder.. Kinda have to give it a hip bump to push past the air pressure inside.

-- Planting Daylilies in Kentucky, zone 6b

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Bon

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posted 10-29-2008 09:32 AM

Glad to hear it worked out so well Scott. :-)

-- Bon,Hastings,Ont.....zone 5a....Always room for one more

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jacobreeve

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posted 10-27-2016 01:56 AM

Over all, I consider this a cool and best work of art house, its unique designs can impress everyone. Personally, I love that glass door, it blends to the themes of the house. I wish this is also something I could get when I plan to buy new door, as I am eyeing this door store http://caldwells.com/ in a few months.

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