Thursday Doors – March 8, 2018

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Sentimental Post – Our Soon to Be Former Doors

They may not be that impressive to look at but these ones are very special to us.

Yes, the contractor came this week to take the final measurements. Contracts were signed, deposits were made, and orders were placed. Within the next 8 weeks or so the only front and garage doors to our home that we have known will be gone.

Taken in early Feb of this year – yes the snow on the lawn is almost chest high in some spots

It’s a good thing really. You see we’ve been in our home since 2004 and as much as we love our original wooden doors, we knew this time would eventually come.

This particularly cold and snowy winter was enough to convince us that it was time for new, better insulated, and more energy efficient doors and windows.

Though the freezing cold temps of January and February are behind us, it is snowing again today; a quiet reminder of the number of occasions the past few winters when it was so cold that I’d find frost on the latch plate on the inside of our front door and frost covering the inside of several of our windows.

Our street during a mid-winter snow storm

Yes this was a particularly bad winter for snow accumulation and cold, and then wild temperature swings that had some regions around here worrying about flooding…in February no less.

Around here when all of this starts to melt too quickly people get concerned.

Shoveling the front walkway that leads to the front door is not exactly fun, but at least the worst is over for this year.

Though we’re fond of our wooden doors, wood is also very high-maintenance in this climate. It requires re-staining and a fresh coat of clear protection every year.

Over the years chips, dents, scratches, and good ole wear-and-tear take a toll.

Despite multiple adjustments and weatherstripping replacements, snow is always blowing into our garage through various gaps in this 30 year-old door and piling up in small drifts.

So as much as we’ll miss them, we’re looking forward to the new foam-core steel ones and the advantages that come with them. You can expect an update post once the new ones are installed later this spring.

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About Norm 2.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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66 Responses to Thursday Doors – March 8, 2018

  1. Amy says:

    We just got snow again today. It’s likely to still just be a small one. Those garage doors are beautiful. One of my husband’s sayings is “function is beauty”. I know he says it just to cheer me up when the thing that makes the most sense isn’t as aesthetically pleasing, but there is some truth in it. 🙂

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  2. joey says:

    Aw, yeah, they’re lovely. Sorry to see them go, but practical limitations are practical limitations.Everyone has them. I have a beautiful kitchen floor that causes me pain, and you won’t see me complainin when I finally get to pull it up and put down some ugly ol Marmoleum, lol!
    The snow is beautiful, just beautiful. Shame it causes so many problems.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joey. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that spring melt doesn’t happen too quickly. Most years it’s fine, but lately it seems it gets much hotter much earlier in the season.

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  3. Andrea R Huelsenbeck says:

    We just replaced our wooden garage doors, though they weren’t as lovely as yours. They had deteriorated so severely after almost 40 years in the Arizona sun.

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  4. reocochran says:

    Those are gorgeous garage doors, Norm! I can understand your being attached.
    Maybe you could sell those doors and someone could make them into a table or inner doors. . . Or artist could create a painting on it. 😀 🎨

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  5. Jennie says:

    Mixed emotions for sure, Norm. Wood doors that you have loved are hard to part with. I know about frost on the inside of the window. We still have two from the ’60s that we need to let go. Looking forward to pics of the new doors.

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  6. I can’t wait to see the new doors. I like the old wooden doors though and the snow pictures. Here (North Carolina) we don’t get a lot of snow like that.

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  7. dweezer19 says:

    Frost on the INside of your windows and doors? Yikes. Sadly, I would have to update them also. They are beautiful wooden doors though. Can’t wait to see the new installation!

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  8. Wow you had a lot of snow!! I do love wooden doors, but I’m sure your new ones will look great too 😊

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  9. BeckyB says:

    Yikes that is a lot of snow!! Can’t wait to see your new doors, maybe you could ask an artist to create something with your old ones for you.

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  10. Great doors, Norm. Too bad the weather is taking a toll on them.

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  11. bikerchick57 says:

    Norm, you’ve made a very wise decision in replacing your doors. The beauty of the wooden doors is not really replaceable, but I would vote for warmth any day. So, will there be a replacing the doors, part 2 on a future Thursday?

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  12. Candy says:

    I can understand. When we replaced our old drafty windows, I found myself missing the rattle of them on windy nights. Not for long though.

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  13. Aimer Boyz says:

    LOL! Snow INSIDE the windows is never a good sign 🙂
    Looking forward to seeing the new doors!

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  14. Dan Antion says:

    As much as I love wooden doors, Norm, I totally agree that they require a lot of work. Your weather must stress them to the max. Good luck with the replacements. Also, I hope spring finds you soon.

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  15. Timelesslady says:

    Beautiful doors, but they would be hard to keep looking good…and yes…drafty.

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  16. JT Twissel says:

    Wooden doors are only practical if they’re protected from the elements but they are handsome – someone could probably repurpose them. I hope it stops snowing!

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  17. Ahh, goodbye, old Norm’s door (old door, that is, not old Norm), hello, new Norm’s door! And did I read that right, chest high? 😮

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Yes chest high. This has been the 2nd most snowy winter we’ve had since we moved into this home. The worst winter the snow almost came to the top of our 5-foot back yard fence. For a few weeks that winter the neighbours dog was walking over into our yard without having to jump, he’d just step over the little bit of fence – it was hilarious.

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  18. dimlamp says:

    Sounds like your winter in Quebec is much like ours in Alberta this year. We’ve had some rather wild temperature swings too, and definitely more snow this winter than last year. Recently we had a big dump, and this old body (senior citizen) of mine is still complaining a bit from the 3 hours of shovelling! We haven’t had to replace doors this year, but we did have to replace our doorknobs, as they kept freezing up on us and it was a challenge to get into our own home.

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  19. Does this call for a wake, you think? The doors which are gone…

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  20. Ally Bean says:

    We replaced our front door a few years ago so that we’d have a better insulated one. I have to admit that I didn’t hold our previous door in as high of regard as you do your current doors. Obviously you have a special relationship with them.

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  21. Vicky says:

    All I can say is that my mouth dropped open at the snow and volume of it and, Oh my god, you must all be very hardy! I fear I have become a warm weather wimp! I hope your new doors keep you insulated next winter…

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      This winter was a bit exceptional for snow volume. Since we’ve been in this house I remember only one winter when we had more snow than this.
      Hardy? I’m not so sure. I think we learn to adapt. Dress properly, take advantage of the milder days to get outside and keep active, and most importantly don’t spend every waking minute praying for summer 😀


  22. The only reason, I could not live in Canada, would be the winter and the snow! Look forward to seeing the new doors!

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  23. Lynn says:

    I can see why you will miss them Norm but at the same time, with the winters in Montreal, I can certainly understand the benefit in replacing them. What about repurposing them in some way?

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Lynn. I’m not sure what they could do with them in terms or re-purposing, the front doors are beaten up especially at the bottom. I do know they can’t just toss them in a dump somewhere, so most of the materials will get recycled.

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  24. Wow, you still have a lot of snow, Norm! I can understand about the doors. Having frost on the inside is a bad sign and the wind can also find every tiny crack. You’ll enjoy the new ones.


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  25. Joanne Sisco says:

    Those are great doors, Norm, and I love the vertical wooden slats … but you’re right. When the frost is building up on the inside, it’s time for a change.

    I remember those days from my childhood very well. In spite of storm windows (before the thermal pane windows), we couldn’t see out of our bedroom windows until March when the frost on the inside would finally thaw.

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  26. scooj says:

    A great story about your doors, and once again the snow!

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  27. Dymoon says:

    how I miss doing my doors, soon………. meanwhile, I so enjoy yours and all the fellow “door” swooners. Snow, isn’t it wonderful, I see you are very good at shovelling yours. have a good day…

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  28. I love wooden doors, but they just become impractical where you and I live. We put on steel doors when we built this last time. They certainly doesn’t have the charm or character of wood, but they keep the elements on the other side. Hope the transition is smooth. 🙂

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  29. Sherry Felix says:

    Bye bye old doors.

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  30. Robin says:

    Wow! That’s some impressive snow. The doors are beautiful. I can see why you’ll miss them (and also understand about the high maintenance and the need to replace them).

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  31. It has been snowing in the UK, too. Hoping for spring soon. But nice garage doors.

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