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Restoration makes one proud...

When we bought this house, we did some work on the basement door. At the time, it had a spring to automatically shut the door, but the door didn't shut fully, so we did some planning on the sides to remove too many coats of paint and tweaked it a bit. Then, we painted it, but didn't take it down to the raw wood, so it still showed the scars of chipped old paint.

After 10 years, the hinges had gotten sprung after we changed the spring to an screen door closer and some forced it closed instead of letting it do it's thing. It also wasn't closing right either with sprung hinges that caused on side to hit the jam.

The door is 85 years old and not a standard size, nor is it the full typical depth for standard hinges. For literally years, I considered option and asked for advice and came up empty until a buddy of mine found the actual exact, orignal hinges which are spring loaded.

Another issue was the door knob because the strikers get sticky and were an issue in the past. We decided to just take off the striker and have a 'fake' door knob that always closed fully, but we had to add a dead bolt for a lock. No problem, we've got a template, except for one little thing. On the other side of the door, there was 1" molding which would be right in the way of the dead bolt. No problem, we'll take off the molding and get 1/2" to replace it.

BTW: Someone, over the property's 85 years, added the stained glass. Now, I can proudly saw that it's better than it ever was.


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