Exterior Fix-its #1: Front Door Repair Begins.

Blog entry by Scott Hildenbrand posted 10-03-2008 11:33 PM 5237 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Well.. Figured I’d hung out over at GardenTenders enough and thought I’d get to actually posting about the homestead.

I’ve got quite a few projects to take care of outside the home, well, besides the garden. To start off I thought I’d tackle replacing the rot around the front door and fixing the water issue.

It seems somewhere along the lines the prior owners decided to have aluminum installed over all the exterior trim. I despise this practice for several reasons, not limited to the fact that water more often than not gets trapped behind and starts to rot the wood. Add to that the fact that ants LOVE wondering around behind such covering and you’ve got my current attitude about this supposed easy fix to having to paint your trim.

Back to the front door.. Once I’d pulled all the aluminum off (which the top was bent in a manner which guaranteed that water flowed behind it.) I found that the whole right side trim was completely rotted as well as half of the top.

So I started ripping it all out.

Once it was all taken out (except the left side) I packed the 3/4” space between the jamb and frame with insulation.

This is a pile of rubble from the trim. There was the standard brick molding and another that went around the door.

Now, here you can see the strip of wood that was left in place on the left hand side. This was nailed up before the stone work was put in place, making removal impossible. It seems to be how the door is supported, not like modern methods at all.

I wanted to replace the rotted sections with pressure treated wood to help prevent any problems down the road, but found that the size was odd. It’s 3 1/2” wide, which anything can be cut to, but the thickness is 1 1/8”. Because I had the existing wood on the left that I could not replace I had to find something that was the right thickness. Eventually I looked at 5/4 decking and low and behold, it was indeed the right thickness. All I had to do was rip it down to 3 1/2” wide and I was ready to go.

There’s still some minor rot at the bottom of the jamb that I’d dug out and will be filling with an epoxy/sawdust mixture. I’d also left the brick molding off for right now since I’m going to be ordering a storm door.

Since the space behind is wide open to the original board sheeting of the home I installed some sticky flashing down the side to help prevent water infiltration. I’m debating if I should also spray foam the space between the stone or leave it open.. I’m apt to leave it open to allow any possible water a direct run down to the bottom of the door instead of possibly causing it to migrate deeper and get into the wall. That is, if there’s issues down the road.

Here is where it meets up with the old wood. Beyond needing cleaned up it’s in fairly good shape.

So all I’ve got left is to go over it with some sand paper and prep it for priming. Once primed I’ll install the storm door and then install the PVC brick molding which I’d picked up to go around the door.

I don’t mind the PVC molding so much. It seems really sturdy and doesn’t feel like cheap window PVC at all. Once painted I don’t think it will matter at all what it’s made of.

Now… The door? I’ll be sanding it down and repainting it. I’d thought about stain and a clear coat, but I worry about the water staining and cracking that’s on it. It’s also got a bit of a bow | < along the vertical side opposite the hinges. In order to get the door to operate just right and seal I’m going to have to work that bow out with a belt sander at the top and bottom.

So… That’s my current project. After that? Windows.. Wee! To replace, or not to replace… hhhhhhhmmmm…

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posted 11-20-2008 04:55 PM

That was quite the job you had there Scott.You sure are one busy man what with the garden,preserving and carpentry wow.Wish I had half of your energy.(LOL)

-- Dustygirl Hastings,Ont. Life is too short to sit around doing nothing

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