Closets

Updated 02-09-07 - See botom of post for update
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Well, I am easily three quarters the way through the task(s) that I wanted to get done on my days off.
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What I have wanted to get done is one of those nagging little tasks that have been hanging over my head for the past year to four (depending on how you look at it).

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The basement has been seven-eighths finished for the past five years. I had decided on finishing the basement myself, and started quite some time ago. The bulk of the project took me well over a year to complete. Once I got the building permit signed off, the house was in a “livable” state. The only things missing were some finishing touches (like finish woodwork - trim, paint, and… Closet doors!)
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This year I have an 18 year old graduating from high school. That means an open house some time this (early) summer. We have decided that there are a few tasks that we want done on the house prior to an open house taking place, and getting as much of the last little bits of finishing done to the basement.
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Late last fall I bought the needed closet doors and the wood trim to get the doors finished. I had started staining them, and after the first coat of poly was put on (because of cold temps) the project had to be stopped. (I tried to finish them inside, but the fumes were overwhelming, and unhealthy.) I set the project aside and decided to wait till spring. Since then I have been stumbling over the doors (set aside in the laundry room for safekeeping).
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After spending so much time at work over the past two weeks, I got the urge to get something “productive” done around the house, and so I decided to hang the closet doors during this set of days off - knowing full well that I would have to take them down to finish the polyurethane job later in the spring.
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As of Thursday night, I have the doors hung, and plumbed, and the trim cut (but not stained or varnished yet) and tacked in place with a couple of nails.

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As careful as I was while finishing the basement, when I put up the studs, my framework was not exactly perfect, and so when I install my finish carpentry (which is a lot more detailed than framing) I find places where I am just a wee bit off.

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When I plumbed the doors, I found where the door frames were just slightly off. If you are in the rooms, and look hard enough at the edges of the closet you will see the differences - but you have to know to look for it, and where to look for it. Over the length of the closet doors, I have about half an inch that the frame was askew.

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This picture is grossly exaggerated, but the black lines represent the finished framework, and drywall. The red lines represent a perfectly plumb edge (the closet doors). I just have to use the trim to cover the small gap.
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It’s not bad, and like I said, unless you know to look for it, you probably would not see it.
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The other thing is my drywall finishing was a bit short, and so I need to fill in some gaps with spackle. (You can see where, if you look close enough to the picture of the top of Zachary’s closet, you can see what I mean.
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One nice thing about working on a project like this is that I get to listen to my XM radio and (because they are on when I work, and have to listen to them a day later (I record their shows), I get to listen to my favorite radio buddays (yes, spelled wrong) Ron & Fez!
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I also got to do some decorating in Zachary's room that I have been planning for a while.
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I am pleased with what I have accomplished thus far, so tonight, after the kiddos go to bed (and maybe even after my wife goes to bed!), I think it is going to be a beer and movie night!
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UPDATE: 02-09-07
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I did not find a movie that I wanted to rent last night, so instead, I was in bed reading my new "One Man's Wilderness" book (that I got for Christmas) by 8:30 pm. The room was so quiet, and peaceful, and the book was so calm and relaxing...I was asleep by 9:00 pm! I woke more refreshed than I have in years!

1 comment:

  1. Dave,

    The closets look very nice, and I love the decorations! You know what would "complete" the theme of that room? A vintage wagon wheel light fixture! I know where you can get one!

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