The weather is getting better every week as spring is maturing. People are getting outside more and a whole new set of chores await. I have certainly noticed an increase of things that need tending to. Renovating a deck and replacing some windows are first on my list. I have seen some people are replacing doors and I have already installed a grip set and some deadbolts.
This is my favourite time of the year for working on doors. The worst time is when it is minus thirty. It always seems to be a door down a shady side of a building. Or when it is plus thirty degrees. The door to be worked on will be on the sunny side. We get the extremes around here so spring is the nicest time to have your door hardware upgraded. At least from my perspective.
Cottage doors, shed doors and gates are just now starting to get some use. I figure I'm soon going to be dealing with some of those issues. If you're the type that would take on a door project by yourself, check out the local reuse centre. Sometimes they have good used doors and hinges. A while ago I replaced a side garage door with one of those recycled doors. I paid $15 for it. Gave it a good coat of paint. Mortised in the hinges and hung it. It looked great.
Now is the best time to give a locksmith a call. Get those doors and door hardware issues dealt with while the weather is comfortable. It is no fun letting your heat run out the door or loosing that nice cool air conditioning when you need it.
It just keeps amazing me how hot the real estate sector remains. People and businesses are moving all the time. Rekeying your locks should be a top priority. The last time I moved I changed my locks only to later find out others had the old key. No harm, but piece of mind. I have also found that while changing locks other problems can be dealt with such as hinges, closers, thresholds and strikes. A lot of times I will get a call about a bad lock when the real problem is something else. The lock is actually fine. If a door needs to be replaced call a locksmith. We do it right.
I have spent a lot of time over the years fabricating and renovating. I just want to pass along the notion of having a wall safe installed. There are companies out there that manufacture wall safes but they don't provide much space or depth. I have devised a few interesting uses of closets and false walls to accommodate custom hidden safe applications. I have some smaller used safes for sale that can become really great wall safes.
Recently I was driving to a job, and along the way I stopped in at a job site where a carpenter friend of mine was doing some work. He was working on a lounge area in an old stone building. The big secret was revealed. I have enclosed some pictures of an example of a false wall that leads way to a secret tunnel of which I will divulge no more. The hidden door is amazing. A billiard room.! Where the cue rack hangs, an unlikely door..
Pretty neat. I'd love to tell you more but the phone is ringing. I gotta go.