Sliding Door Install – Part 2

27 Jun

It was a long day of work Sunday. We got the header installed with the window still in place so we wouldn’t have a giant hole to have to worry about cats getting out (or in).

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Corinne holding up one of the two beams that make up the header.

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One side of the king and jack studs holding up the completed header.

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Another view of the outside with the wide open hole for the door frame. It was really incredible to see the room so wide open like that.

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Takin’ it old school!
The instructions for the door are very clear that the sill sit on a level and true surface. When I put the new 6 foot level on it, I saw that it was relatively level overall, but there was a high spot near the middle where the rim board is two pieces that meet.

This was a point that really stopped us in our tracks for a little while. We talked about sanding it down, cutting out the subfloor and replacing it… I pondered that it would be great to have a hand planer to take down the middle…

Corinne said, “Don’t you have a hand plane?” and I said, “No, I meant a hand held power planer… Hmm I do have a couple, I guess it COULD work… Yeah, why don’t I go get them and try it out!” The ancient Stanley jack plane kicked this bump’s ass. After about a half hour and a bucket load of wood shavings we had a nice flat level surface.

Unfortunately, we ran into a few issues that slowed us down here and there so we didn’t attain our ultimate goal of having a functional door installed. I think we could have made it by day’s end, but there was a lot of hammering to be done and it didn’t seem like a good idea to be making that much noise on a Sunday night. We reached a point where we either had to go for the big finish or call it, so we called it, because we still had a good hour to go just to board up the big opening and clean up all the tools.

We made a valiant effort and worked our butts off and, while we ran into a few hiccups along the way, we’re pretty happy with the progress we made!

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