Originally Posted by dlbeck
So, I was all excited to help TMcG with his theater today and he decided he would rather tear his front door off the front of his house so no progress on the theater but a little progress on the door
Originally Posted by Robert Jones II
TMcG, where are your priorities? I better not let my wife see this post before I [start and] finish my build. She would love to rip our front door out and that's not the type of distraction I need right now. And to think that we're going to be carpooling to Ashville in a month. I might have to rethink that decision.
Originally Posted by Mr.Tim
So will he be installing a new door, or is he going for the "open floor plan"?
Somehow I didn't receive notification that there were new posts in my thread. Weird.
As much as I would like to say that redoing the front entryway is a change for the better, it wasn't. As it turns out, the heat of the sun over the years caused the PVC moldings above the door to develop a slight 'wave' to them. This caused the caulking to separate under the larger window above, right under the drip edge. The leak wasn't bad (as far as leaks go), but over time deteriorated some of the exterior sheathing under the molding and saturated the top and right side of the door frame and the adjacent jack studding. If you look to the right of the door in David's picture you will see the former right-hand side of the door frame. It's not broken, but the rest of it was turned to sawdust by some friendly neighborhood insects - all completely hidden until this past Saturday morning. Needless to say, but repairing the damage became an A1 top priority and I tore apart as much as needed to find the source of the issue.
Dave was a big help as an extra set of hands in reconstructing the door frame and replacing the structural studs. As of now, the entire door has been completely rebuilt as has the transom window frame above the door. I'm leaving all the moldings off so a bug guy can get in and spray in areas he would not otherwise have access. After the spraying, I'll have to tackle the re-installation of all the moldings, caulking and a couple new coats of paint as quickly as possible before the weather turns.
As for the basement, I finally had the chance to run all the low voltage wire for the basement and parts of the first floor accessible from the basement. The only wiring left was the theater speaker wire, but I'll have to tackle that after I redo the front door.
I'll have to take a photo of all the low voltage wiring....There's a ton of it and I haven't neatened all of the wires, with almost all still hanging. It's a real mess that will take about two days to get up to my OCD levels of wire management. That's the plan for this coming weekend IF I can finish the entire front entryway by then....