Time to buckle down! After losing most of Saturday to rain and a back-door disappointment, the pressure was turned up to get something really useful done on Sunday. The goal: insert Door A…
…into Slot B.
While Dad and I went after the inner layers with a reciprocating saw and a couple of wrecking bars,
Chris took the circular saw and angle grinder outside to tackle the stucco.
It didn’t take nearly as long as we thought it would to get to this point:
Of course, this victory was followed by more than an hour of trimming, trying to fit the door, trimming again, measuring, trimming, fitting, trimming, etc. If you read yesterday’s blog post, you know we were working in a very tight space. The door had to be wedged into a space that only had fractions of an inch to spare; we were crossing our fingers that the opening was already level and plumb, because we knew there wouldn’t be much room to shim the door.
But eventually, we did get it to fit. And by some miracle, we didn’t need to do too much leveling. So after lots of caulk, a can of spray-foam insulation, and the installation of a spare door knob (yes, we had a spare door knob lying around), we had a new door!
Of course, it still needs paint. But that can wait. And so can the patching of the stucco in the corner. Which, you know…how hard could THAT be, right??
Anyway, at this point in the day, it was around 3:00, and we had a decision to make. Keep going, or call it a good day’s work? And if we keep going, do we tackle something easy (like the other window on the north wall), or take on the bigger elephant in the room (the brand new bathroom and entry windows)?
We banked on having that extra hour of daylight, and turned our attention to the elephant. Thanks, Daylight Savings Time!
Here’s a quick reminder of the awesome patch-job that the previous owners did when they closed up the old window, so they could put in a bathtub:
Finally, after 6 years of dreaming about getting rid of that vinyl siding, it was time for it to go…along with a bunch more stucco, of course. Chris, being already covered in masonry dust from cutting out the door, volunteered to take up the saw again and head outside. By the way, the photo above is old — it was not actually snowing while we were doing this. But the weather WAS pretty shitty.
Aside from taking a break to run to the store for more reciprocating-saw blades, cutting a second big hole in our house was surprisingly smooth. Not fun, but not any harder than we expected. Pretty soon, we were able to knock out the wall:
Then it was just a matter of building two frames (one for each window), and covering the space in between them with plywood sheathing:
It wasn’t quite as easy as I’m making it sound. Getting everything set at just the right depth — leaving enough room to be able to patch the stucco while making it tight enough to be able to make it weather tight — let’s just say, it took some doing. But still…somewhere around 5:30 pm, the boys were already checking to make sure that Window #1 was square.
Then we just repeated the procedure for Window #2. It was about 7:00 pm, and after dark, when we finished:
Then Chris got called into work and had to rush to get cleaned up, and we realized we hadn’t eaten anything since breakfast, and none of us really wanted to keep working anyway, so we left the caulking and weatherstripping for the next day. But here are some more pics of our progress:
And there are still a few things on the list, like sealing those windows we left overnight. Oh, and the fact that we have one too many back doors. So I’ll be back soon with one more update, and hopefully some better before-and-afters.
Or would they be called “before-and-durings”? Because this kitchen is still a LONG WAY from “after.”
Jesus, we have a long way to go.