It hasn’t rained in several days, in fact yesterday was hot and dry though some afternoon thunderheads did rise in the south. When the weather gets unsettled we can get some scary tornado-class dust devils come roaring up the wash. I’ve had property damage from them before but none directly to the Lair before yesterday.
With nothing to secure the latch side of the door, it’s just been hanging there this week. I hung a tarp over the outside of the opening to protect the interior from rain as much as possible, but still need to get a doorknob and some stop material.
It turns out the stop material was very important. Now I have to repair the frame on the hinge side of the door.
I had the door propped open with a 5-pound box of screws, which was not nearly substantial enough when the wind caught it and wrenched it closed – and beyond closed, twisting the nails loose where the new frame met the old one. Fortunately there doesn’t seem to be any damage that can’t be repaired with some additional fasteners. The tarp also parted company with the building and made a creditable attempt to fly to New Mexico.
All this happened 2 feet from the corner of the chicken yard, and I’m afraid the ladies may never forgive me.