You may have started to get the impression that all I do around the Liberty House these days is paint stuff and talk about the never-ending list of updates from the bank that has basically consumed my life for the last month. That’s mostly true, but I also found a little time a couple of weeks ago to make sure the sweaty, awkward, and somewhat incoherent bit of awesomeness that is me on a Saturday afternoon was captured for posterity on video.
In between the awkward and incoherent parts, I do manage to install “new” old-school mortise door hardware on my front door, which had been dismantled and nailed shut since I moved in back in March.
Apparently at some point the bank or auction company I bought the house from said to themselves, “Instead of just changing the locks or leaving the current hardware in place and nailing the door shut, it makes more sense to remove the knobs and lock, throw them away, and then nail the door shut.”
And this is what I was left with in the door:
So, yeah. The logic in that is just… astounding.
I finally decided to pry the door open, remove the hardware, and go on a hunt around town to try and find something similar that would work in the door. Probably I have a better chance of getting struck by lightning on any given day than I did of finding the exact hardware from this door in working condition… and I did. In, like, under two hours. To say I hit the jackpot would be a serious understatement.
As I was examining all the pieces and parts to try and get the new hardware installed it occurred to me that this little bit of figuring-it-out-as-I-go may be helpful for someone else out there, but, two caveats before you watch the video:
- The transitions between some of the shots are horrible, and I know it. Unlike with the last DIY video I didn’t call in the professional and awesome video guys that I work with for this, so I’m just working with my iPhone camera and some crappy editing software on my laptop. It’s not pretty and I’m not under the impression that it is. But, you get the point.
- I think this is my favorite quote in the video: “I am not a locksmith. I am not even a person who installs door hardware frequently. I am just a girl with a bunch of tools and the desire to have a front door that isn’t nailed shut.” And it’s true. This isn’t me trying to be an expert on installing door hardware, this is just me and my stubborn streak, trying to figure it out as I go.