Oh, things turned very very windy this morning…

Fortunately we were at a Tractor Supply yesterday, and I finally remembered to get a heavier-duty throwbolt latch for the chicken house door, one that can bolt right through the door instead of just adding new drywall screws for the wind to tear out. Sure enough when we got there (early!) this morning the door was wide open and all the hens were freaked out and hiding in the chicken yard. Fortunately once again no predators took the chance of trying for a free meal. Sure glad I had a second pair of hands, because the wind was blowing so hard I couldn’t hold the door shut against it while marking and drilling for the bolts. But now that door finally has a serious bolt, and the wind will have to break it somewhere new.

The wind immediately canceled our original plan to do high work, finally finishing the roof flashing. No way anybody with any sense would want to work on a ladder today. Even the chore we chose required precautions…

Yeah, the clear plywood I stored all winter for use as the bedroom’s sliding door got warped. Maybe I can straighten it and maybe not, but not in time to make a door out of it this week. So we came back with an incredibly heavy sheet of … I dunno, something white and smooth over what looks like chipboard. Cut it to size in the howling gale, then moved the operation indoors.

The living room side of the door gets the cedar tongue-and-groove siding to match the living room…

…and the bedroom side is white for now but will turn green when the bedroom finally gets its second coat.

Neat, huh? And I’ve got some black handles that will match the hanging hardware, sort of.

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7 Responses to Oh, things turned very very windy this morning…

  1. jabrwok says:

    That’s a nice looking door there! And that stuff is called Melamine. If you left the bedroom-side white you could use it as a whiteboard.

  2. Judy says:

    Joel, the place is looking nice!

  3. billf says:

    wow,looks good Joel !

  4. coloradohermit says:

    You and BB sure do make a heck of a team! I do hope you’re getting at least a little relax and visit.

  5. Andrew says:

    You may need to scruff up the white side a bit when you paint. Maybe just hang it outside for a few windy days.

    As to straightening plywood, sometimes making a frame of 2×4 or other wood, and cutting a channel for the plywood to fit might take out a slight warp. Sometimes, slight.

  6. Claire says:

    That is a neat-looking door. And you and BB do make a good team.

    He’s also very gutsy and very kind to come from pleasant Florida spring weather to brave the perpetual gale you’re having this week.

    Thank you, BB, for taking care of our friend Joel! I hope all your travels are good ones and that the rest of your trip involves less weather and less hard work.

  7. EricS says:

    Nice looking door there Joel. Should have warned you about the incoming wind. Couldn’t hardly drive in it yesterday and was wondering if it was gonna hit you. Typical high desert living, awoke to snow flurries this morning and now the sun is shining. :p

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