Why do garden doors open outward??? I'm really not a fan but I'm not in a position to change the door out, so I decided to install a wind chain to keep the door from banging into the side of the house whenever I want to let some fresh air into the bedroom.
My challenge? This is a metal door so I need to learn how to work with metal to do this.
My bonus? D Lawless Hardware supplied the wind chain!
Here is what I installed:
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I installed it on the garden door in the master bedroom. This room faces full west and is stiflingly hot by the end of the day, so I like to open all the windows and the door to let the air circulate. The wind chain will help to stop the door from swinging out too far if a breeze comes up.
I needed a special drill bit to allow me to drill into the metal door. I chose a cobalt bit.
Then I got to work measuring the door frame for positioning the chain. The bracket on the door frame/jamb needs to be installed mid-way across the door - 18" from the hinge side of the door. And the bracket needs to be on a 45 degree angle.
The hinge side of the door is on the right side of the above photo.
Then I installed the smaller bracket on the door itself, 19" out from the hinge side of the door frame and 1" down from the top of the door. I marked the screw holes and drilled with my cobalt drill bit before installing the screws.
The last link of the chain is positioned into the slot on the door bracket and the peg is dropped in from the top, sliding through the link on the chain and securing it in place. Then it's time to position the nail and spring to hold up the chain so it isn't dangling down the center of the door.
I don't like nailing things above my head, so I usually use a thin drill bit to create a hole and then I nail into that hole. With the nail in place, slip one end of the spring into a link of the wind chain and one end onto the nail head.
It's not the most glamorous project in the world, but it sure does make me happy!
In case you're wondering what Max has been up to lately, here's a recent photo.
|Get rid of the black & white thing|
or there's gonna be trouble.
Happy as a lark! lol
Disclaimer: Although I received free product from D Lawless Hardware, the opinions stated are 100% my own.
With a small budget, big dreams and a love of a challenge, Anne blogs about renovating and decorating her tiny 1930s bungalow. A self-taught artist and professed power tool lover, she enjoys writing, gardening, photography, nature and diy'ing. And she's never met a dumpster she didn’t want to root through! Come along for the ride!!