Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Camp Cherokee Work Weekend

The following pictures (posted at the request of Christy) were all taken by my mom on her nice camera - which is why they are each loaded into a seperate post, since due to their size, I can't fit more than one per post and I don't know how to compress the files on the computer - only on the camera.

Build Your Foundation on the Rock

Trail crew

left to right: my brother Andrew, Christy, Justin,Ashley

Excruciatingly dull (the chain saw of course)

Highway construction crew

Friday, May 18, 2007

Difficult Doorhanging

It all started when Andrew told me that Ev Jhurs wanted a door replaced and wanted to know if I could do it. I told him that it would be no problem - I could come over and measure so he could get a new door and then return to do the installation when he got it. It was a small door with a rough opening of 32"x80". The next day he said he had the door so I went over and took out the old door. The board underneath was rotten, and as I was getting ready to replace it I took a look at the door he had gotten; the door itself was 32"x80" ... and it's casing was on the outside of that. I brought the problem to Mr. Jhurs and he decided that it would be better to make this door fit than to get a different one. So after a day and a half of tearing things apart, re-framing, chiseling out and then re-pouring part of the floor to make it level, adjusting the siding on the outside of the house, adjusting the carpet on the inside of the house, putting the door in, and rebuilding the wall on the inside of the house we finally had the door in place. Then for the doorknob. I knew I was in trouble when I saw an $8 price tag on the box... and sure enough after half an hour of fooling and actually reading directions (poorly translated - probably from Chinese) I determined that it could not be used for what we wanted it for and asked Mr. Jhurs if he would mind getting a different one. While he was going to get it I cleaned up most of my mess and when he returned with a "Quickset" I was able to finish within a few minutes using a doorknob of infinitely better quality.
The morals of this story are first, that if a rough opening is a certain size get a door that will fit - casing and all , and secondly, if you are paying someone to do something for you get quality materials - they will last longer and you will pay a lot less for the labour of trying to make something work that isn't fit to be used.