Thursday, October 18, 2012

The blasted door lock

I am still on my hunt for an appropriate privacy doorknob (aka way to keep out the lockers see Knockers and Lockers for full details) for the new bathroom.

We purchased one of these and thought we had a workable $7 solution...

Gatehouse 4" Oil-Rubbed Bronze Surface Bolt Set

Alas, the door is flush on the outside not inside.  I am sure there is some appropriate door lingo for this involving door jams and pre-hung doors, but I prefer to broadcast my ignorance of such things.  All I know is we would have to install this type of latch on the outside of the door which would be great for locking folks in the bathroom, but not so good at locking people out of the bathroom while it is in use...

[caption id="attachment_944" align="alignnone" width="225"] Inside of bathroom door- no way to have a flush latch.[/caption]

So we are back to the hook and eye solution  which we both decided was not ideal.

I have been scouring the Internet for some affordable, appropriate looking door knobs with privacy locks.  The issue I am running into currently is that I have a 1 1/4" width door.  New doors apparently are 1 3/8" and most of the knobs I am finding fit a 1 3/8" - 1 1/4" door.  My husband tells me that doors are like 2x4s which are no longer 2 inches by 4 inches.  He says a 1 3/8" door knob will fit fine.  I am skeptical about that other 1/8", but cannot get Google to confirm this.  So, I am ordering the door knob and hoping for the best...

I did find some nice door knobs made by Weslock at  Of course they were all back-ordered.  So now let's just hope it arrives before party time (2 weeks, three days) and that it FITS!!!

Weslock 2710I

Roof replaced check and check!

October has been a bit rainy and it has been tricky to finish up stripping and replacing the roof over the front door and the bay window on the front of the house.  I am happy to say that that project has been completed.   The old mossy shingles and metal under-layer have been scraped off.  New ice and water and shingles have been nailed down and we are ready for the winter (well as ready as we ever are...)

[caption id="attachment_934" align="alignnone" width="300"] Scraped doorway and metal roof[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_936" align="alignnone" width="225"] Man wrestles roof[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_935" align="alignnone" width="225"] one man, one sawzall [/caption]

[caption id="attachment_937" align="alignnone" width="300"] Another action shot - one that resulted in a bloody finger. Tetanus up to date?
Don't recommend trying this one at home...[/caption]

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

About this summer...

I know I have been remiss about posting this summer.  To be honest, not a lot on our to-do list got done.  The Husband will tell you that he has been working all summer.  By working he means...

#1 Tending to his garden.  Have you seen this monstrosity?  Just keeps growing every year...

[caption id="attachment_907" align="alignnone" width="450"] R in the jungle with the 8' tall corn[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_910" align="alignnone" width="450"] View from the backside[/caption]

#2 Mowing the Lawn.  Every time I turn around the lawn needs to be mowed again.  Honestly, I think someone likes mowing (especially on his new lawn tractor) much better than sheet rocking.

#3 Bombing me with Tomatoes.  Seriously, this has got to stop already.  I open the fridge and gag.  There is nothing grosser than rotting tomatoes, except maybe the fruit flies they attract.  I am begging, please cut back on the tomato plants next year.  100 should be plenty.  This is so out of control someone may need an intervention... It's October - here are pictures from this morning.  Apparently we have a second fridge just for the purpose of storing tomatoes.  Oh and what is in the other fridge?  three 64 oz juice containers full of sauce.

[caption id="attachment_924" align="alignnone" width="270"] Some people keep food in their freezer. We have bags of frozen tomatoes.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_925" align="alignnone" width="225"] Drawers full of tomatoes and yup! guess what is in the pot...[/caption]