Tuesday 20 August 2013

Don’t Judge Me

I can’t decide if I am optimistic or foolish. Probably I am foolish, but I would like to think that even if I can’t understand it, things do make sense.
I spent about the last hour and a half trying to fix the front screen door with a modicum of success. It isn’t rubbing as it did before I took it off and tried to make it square, but I know within a day, week or a month, it will be back to it’s out of kilter norm. It is an old door and I suppose that I should just junk it, bite the bullet and buy a new one. I can’t help but think there must be something more that I can do to make it last another few years. I’ve already searched the internet and the only hit that seemed to deal with the exact same problem that I have didn’t have an answer. I will keep searching.
 How to Cross-Measure for Square
The way that you check something large to ensure it is square, is to measure from one corner to the opposite corner and then to repeat the process on the other two corners. In effect, you make an “X”. If the two arms of the “X” are the same measurement, then the door is square. My door was out by about a ¼ inch. In theory, you loosen the screws that hold the frame together and then just wiggle it square. I jiggled, wiggled and oomphed the door and then took the measurement again. It was out by a ¼ inch! This damned thing didn’t wiggle at all, no matter how much I loosened the screws. I had a rubber mallet with me, but just before I was going to give it a whack, I looked at the glass panes and thought that a broken piece of glass would insure that I had to buy a new door.

I put it back together and re-attached it to the frame. I moved the frame to better fit the door, which does make it look a little better, but I know in my heart of hearts that it is just a cosmetic fix. I suppose I will go back to surfing the net.
I have been thinking that it would be pretty simple to make a new screen door out of wood. There would be a few challenges of course, but I could probably deal with them. I’m just not sure I want to have to deal with a sagging, crooked screen door, knowing that I am the one that did a poor job. I am going to have to mull this over for another year or two.

That was the front door, which is in great shape compared to the back door. I’m not even going to talk to you about the back door; you probably are already developing a low opinion of me.


I had better go check out the internet for a miracle solution…

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