It seems like a broken record some days… whatever it is, it’s rotten. The original crawlspace door was hanging by one hinge; all wood was deteriorated and rotten, and this door assembly was infested by earwigs to boot. (Earwigs love moist cracks and crevices – an earlier, temporary repair of putting a piece of plywood over the original wood door gave them a perfect home.)
One nice thing about my work: I NEVER throw surplus lumber out. Anything leftover from any job comes to the shop to be stored until there’s a use for it. This new door required two hinges, a latch, one tube of caulk… and some leftover cedar, plywood, and treated 2 X 4 lumber. I really enjoy sending an invoice to a client that lists under “materials – lumber: No Charge, SS.” (That’s my invoice code for “shop surplus”.)
This wasn’t a very large project – it required 5.25 hours total, including my shop time spent ripping and milling the cedar trim down from larger, left over cedar boards. Total cost: $193.59.
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