|My find, as of September 2009|
No. I've been off on a side trip, seeing what I can make out of my new-old back screen door.
The existing door is a bog-standard aluminum convertible number that some previous owner forced into the opening. For the past three, maybe four years it's been hanging by one hinge on the bottom and the door closer at the top. The screw holes in the top and middle hinges are stripped, and try as I might I couldn't get the screws to stay in or hold.
So it was nice three years ago on the eve of the Borough's semi-annual large-item trash pickup that I spotted the perfect screen door dumped at the curb the next street over. It fit the style of the Sow's Ear perfectly, had all its original hardware, and it was in one piece when I rescued it. Well, two. The screen insert was separate. But though the stiles and rails and panel were all sound, by the time I got it off the porch and down the basement the dowels gave way in several places and the door fell apart.
Never mind. I could replace the dowels and put it back together.
But with that and it's needing stripped and, oh, look, the hinges and latchset are on the opposite sides from what I need, oh, yeah-- dealing with the salvaged door has taken a back seat.
But this spring I got tired of hearing the aluminum door bang. I figured the neighbors were tired of it, too. It won't be long before the last hinge gives out and then were will I be? I don't run the AC in the summer if I can help it, my kitchen door would be standing open, and the flies would be in and the dog would be out-- out eating dropped rose of Sharon blooms and getting the runs.
So before this summer is out, I'm determined to fix up and install that salvaged screen door.
|Mortised into the door edge!!|
|Front screen door|
|Aluminum shims. I wonder why.|
On top of that there's the jolly screw-cams that hold the screen insert in. Oh, those were nasty. Worked at them literally for weeks. But I finally realized that it was doing no good to pump loosening solvent over the heads of the screws on the face of the door, the thing to do was to squirt it into the grooves in the sides to get to the rotating tongue part.
|The cam rotates!|