THE FERAL TURTLE

THE FERAL TURTLE

Friday, April 22, 2016

Bird Screen Door


To get some much needed airflow through the  kitchen due to my expertise culinary skills, ahem,
I decided that a screen door would fit our needs perfectly...that and air fresheners!
Oh yah, and a quick disconnect of the smoke detector!


Our local hardware store happened to have a screen door in the clearance section a few years back and I decided to hoard it in my shed.
Hey it was only twenty five bucks....that's like  $7.50 or so to my American friends!

 Anyways, watching those hoarding shows made me get off my shell 
and purge which meant sell it or use it..
I tried it on for size and it worked after a few trips to the tablesaw. 

I went to Pinterest for paint color inspiration and happened to see a screen door with beautiful ornate carvings.  I pulled out my carving knives and went to work.......


OKAY that never happened but I did head to the dollar store to buy these.


I measured the screen door with my leg and half my arm and realized I needed 8 panels..
Hot glue didn't work so well so I pulled out the stapler and stapled all 8 screens together.


After painting the door black, I placed the panels over the door, cut some wooden trim strips and lined them up with the edge of the screen.  With an air nailer, I attached all four pieces of trim, and cut off the excess panels and a little bit of my thumb....but it's all good.  It grows back...I think.


I ended up painting my entry door black too.

I used some spring hinges and a door closer thingy 
to keep out those jovial little squatters called flies!  
Damn flies!

And of course behind the scenes...you didn't see that I put the door on backwards, which inspired me to get the spring hinges and the door closer thingy.  You also didn't see where I had to fill all the screw holes and hole from the door knob.



 You gotta love the bird door unless you are
 Tippi Hedren from The Birds
and you suffer from
Ornithophobia,
then I apologize for the door!


Cheers!


Sunday, April 3, 2016

We're just gonna blow out this wall and put in a beam! Part Five

We left off with a shiny new beam installed and a goat that showed up on our deck.
Yes, we are friends now and she's a he!

"Manny" has made himself quite at home and the beam seems to be
 holding up the house quite nicely....so far.

I think glue gun is safe for another day!

"Manny" has found shelter in an old play structure, with a little persuasion from food and water, and the beam is completely supported, one side permanently and one side temporarily.

Unfortunately for us, but I am sure fortunate for you, my phone has been acting up and going dead everytime I pull it out to take a picture so we will just skip ahead to an overview of the temporary walls gone.

They are a little distorted as I did a panorama shot.
The new stairway opening is framed in too.


  Mr. FT's vision of an open staircase and my vision of wood heat
 could really happen next winter.....oops I said the W word. 
 Sorry for that but if all goes to plan, the  woodshed   I built last summer
 might not be just a holiday destination for mice, 
but for actual wood storage so I can warm my butt this winter!
Cheers!