Thursday, January 1, 2015

New Year, New Door

Even though I have been working on this project for years, I still grossly underestimate how long things will take me. I thought I would get the door and a few windows installed in the JayBee today. But no. I barely got the door installed, and I'm still not done with it.

First, I took down the tarp over the entryway.

Then I worked on waterproofing the door sill. I installed a plastic door sill, only to remove it later when it became obvious it used too much space and the door would not fit in what was left of the rough opening.

Finally, Arlen and I were able to wrestle the door into place.

The door with its flashing in place. Notice the bracing is still on the inside of the door. I hope to remove that tomorrow when I finish the installation.


  1. Heh. When you first started this project I remember thinking "Oh good--I'll get to read one from the start as it happens." Not much happened that first year after you got your trailer, and then there was the bicycle tour break. (Which was interesting in its own right.) But now you get something posted every few days or so. Your progress is clearly visible, so don't get discouraged. It's looking more and more like a house, and after you get it closed up, and the electricity installed, the weather won't be so much of an issue.

  2. Thank you for the encouragement. You have no idea how well-timed it was. Been a rough couple of days. I'm crafting a post in my mind that will eventually be called something like "Recent Mistakes I Have Made," or "Record Number of Mistakes Made in a Week," or "Mistakes and More Mistakes," or some such thing. Stay tuned.

  3. Construction work such as this do take a lot of time to finish, and is definitely easier said than done. Though from the looks of those photos, it seems like everything is going great! And that door looks lovely, by the way. I bet it would look even better when it’s finished. Thanks for sharing this with us, Jan. All the best!

    Greg Marshall @ Crawford Door Of WNY Inc.

  4. Hi Greg!
    Thanks for checking out my build and for commenting. Things are a lot further along than they were in this post. Check it out:

  5. Projects like that really eats up a lot of your time, that’s why it must be quite satisfying to finally have the door in place. I think it’ll match well with your roof, once it starts to look a bit weathered. Anyway, have fun with the rest of your project!

    Joyce Roberson @ Locksmiths London

  6. You have come so far since you first began, so do not get discouraged. People who have never undertaken a project like this do not understand the time involved. Make sure to keep blogging about the process and then look back with pride on what you have already accomplished while setting a realistic time table for finishing the project.

    Earl Mark @ Eastway Lock