Old Stone House

Sweet Sound Of Swoosh

November 3, 2007

Filed under: Ugly Addition @ 9:55 am

thedoorsmall.jpgWell, I’m not sure if it’s ‘swoosh’ – it’s whatever you would call the sound of a new door seating into it’s frame – as its side’s press in against the bumpers and the rubber fins drag across the threshold. Swoosh. Also sounds like warmth…

The door that we replaced was only 15 years old. It was a very large 36” pre-hung metal door that for all intents and purposes should have outlasted the house. Alas, whoever installed it managed to butcher the door frame and threshold cutting it apart and re-assembling it. The door didn’t seal, and there was ¾” gap at the top. There is a good chance that the door was a cast-way from another house and the previous renovators salvaged it with the best of intentions.

Installing the new door took the better part of a day – check that – installing the door took 45 minutes, preparing the door frame took the better part of a day…

The original door frame had no lintel; the water had rotted all of the sheeting, as well as we had to address all of the issues mentioned here. To add to the excitement, the wall is about 9” deep, so we needed to get creative with our framing in order to get everything just ‘so’. The deep walls have also created another problem – the threshold. New doors come with 4” deep thresholds – suitable for 2×4 stick-framing, and there are 2” extensions available to accommodate 2×6” walls. However there are no extensions available for the depth of wall we have. Luckily the previous installers had to use a threshold extension which we were able to reuse – but is now going to be too shallow as we forgot to factor in the depth of the siding and the storm door…

As well, the walls aren’t level; the lean outward from base to top about 1.5”. We had to decide if we wanted to hang the door level or follow the contour of the wall. We tested each way and decided that we could live with a slight lean. We nailed, shimmed, screwed and foamed all afternoon until the door was finally hung…

…we spent the rest of the evening finding reasons to go outside – just so we could listen to the ‘swoosh’.



  1. Congratulations!

    Are you kidding? There is no better sound as winter closes in than “swoosh”.

    In fact, today, this very day, my aunt is flying up from Texas to help me install 4, count ’em, 4 exterior doors so that we can hear “swoosh” all winter long!

    Comment by Patricia W. — November 3, 2007 @ 11:04 am

  2. You have an aunt who can install doors?! That is impressive!

    Comment by Oldstonehouse — November 3, 2007 @ 11:07 pm

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