Storm door shuffle

See it? Yeah, the box totally matched our wall paint. I guess that is why I didn't care that it was sitting there so long! Here is what we were working with before:

I didn't take a picture of the inside of this storm door, but it was flaking away and rotted through. There was always these little flakes of aluminum on the stoop that drove me crazy!

We started around noon last Saturday, thinking that it would take us about two hours.

The old door came off so fast I didn't even get a shot of him removing it!

When we did get the door and hardware off, it was clear the door surround needed some TLC. Ew!

I scraped, sanded, and put a quick coat of BIN on the entire surround with a foam brush. BIN is not necessarily for exterior applications (only recommended for 'spot' touchups) but I figured it would be fine after a coat of exterior paint. It looked so much better - sorry about the over-exposed pic, all the pictures I took this day were on the wrong setting and I didn't even notice!

While the primer dried, I noticed that the lintel above the door was rather rusted and yucky.

We taped off the area, gave it a bit of sanding, then shot it with some 'rusty metal' rustoleum. I love that the primer totally matches our brick! I will come in later with the same 'Sweet Tea' exterior paint that I used on the A/C and meters around our house.

After everything was dry, we started the installation. We had watched a Larson installation video on their website where the guy installed the door in about 5 minutes. It took us about 300 more minutes than him to install this door. 5 hours of drilling, attaching, removing, repositioning, crying (that was me) and wondering 'what the hell' later, we had this:


Wright Products Wright Products V150WH Heavy-Duty Pneumatic Door Closer, White
Home Improvement (Wright Products)
  • For wood or metal outswinging doors
  • Full 90 degree opening
  • Adjustable closing speed
  • Factory Lubricated
  • Two hole end plug for adjustable latching power

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New poster. Would that $100 to $150 storm door

Tearing out and installing new trim?
At long last, the carpenter is coming tomorrow to install two storm doors. He has estimated $420 for the two installations, but, of course, is saying that if he finds rot, it's another story.
The $420 is more than you quoted, but still in line...unless he finds the rot, yes? Thank you.
(He had originally said he would charge $30 an hour, but that involved installing 1 exterior door as well).

I had posted in November about storm door

In every instance, whether it be installing a door, or having a medical procedure, we must know know almost as much, if not more, than the people doing the work. Otherwise, anything can happen. This is insane.
Do we often know more? To the extent that we might use more practical sense - absolutely.
The storm doors that were installed here have continued to be less effective than the old original doors. They are not properly in their frames. One door freezes shut so that it cannot be opened.
The carpenter who did the job acts as if he is a fucking god

Doggy Doors

Small dogs will use large-sized doggy doors. Suprisingly large dogs will use medium-sized doggy doors. So just get one size. I have an 8 pound dog that uses a large door.
Doors cost from $40-80. Limited selection at Home Depot, the big pet stores. Search online for dog doors (best selection is catalog). The nicest-quietest-most expensive is a door that opens like french doors, in the middle, that is rigid plexi-glass type--this is also easiest for the old or stiff dog to operatie (available in catalog). You can get carpenters-handypersons to install doggy doors, or probably Home Depot

Vooralsnog alleen lichte schade door storm  —
Vooralsnog alleen lichte schade door storm. De storm die zaterdag over het land trekt heeft vooralsnog geen grote schade veroorzaakt. Brandweerwoordvoerders van verschillende korpsen hebben nog geen meldingen van grote incidenten binnengekregen.

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  • Avatar Jan Schutsky I would like to know why the hardware on my gorgeous Pella storm door is looking so lousy.?
    Aug 19, 2010 by Jan Schutsky | Posted in Maintenance & Repairs

    I sprayed them several times with a clear lacquer and they still look awful. I wrote to the company to see if I could do something different but never heard from them. I love my door but cannot tolerate how lousy that shiny fake brass looks. is there an answer for me?

    • Writing to them, though it may get you an answer, is going to take forever and a day. They ARE going to be your best recourse, but call them instead of writing to them. You may have to wait on hold for awhile, but it is …. I've dealt with them before with very good results. The number is toll free 1-866-809-9460. In fact, I think I'll call them myself too. I need a new bottom seal for my slider. {wink} Thanks for reminding me.