Socket holes for the hanging.
Welcome to our hanging! The hanging of our stainless steel bathroom door that is. Will has been fabricating our first door and today we tested the door. Will and I had hung it on a door frame in the workshop over the weekend to test the hinges. That test went well so we moved on to hanging it for real in the bathroom which involved…
Socket Holes Drilled in Concrete Door Frame
…first drilling out holes for the sockets that take the bolts that lock on the barrel hinges to the door frame. The bolts at the end are anchors for inside the epoxy back in the holes which we filled with epoxy. The blue plastic is a strain gasket so we can tighten down hard without cracking concrete or pulling out epoxy. The holes expand as they go back into the wall for good anchoring.
Epoxied Stainless Steel Sockets on Barrel Hinges
We use stainless steel so it won’t rust in the corrosive environment of the butcher shop where acids are routinely employed for cleaning to maintain a sanitary environment for meat processing. These sockets are a smaller version of the ones we poured into the ceilings around the butcher shop for hanging the future meat rails.
Door, shimmed up with hinge sockets epoxied.
Will looking out through ventilation hole.
After we hung the door there was a little bit of an Agatha Christy moment. How does the murderer get out of a sealed room? Or maybe it should be called a Houdini moment.
Secret Agent Will exiting through the vent – note stylish cap.
I had actually thought this out ahead of time which is why Will was in the bathroom rather than me.
The issue is the bathroom has no other exit and once the door was shimmed tight in place and curing we couldn’t open it to leave. By nearly dislocating my shoulders I can just barely pass through the 1’x1′ hole but I was afraid of knocking the door ajar. I tested this before we hung the door. It’s tight!
Will is slightly narrower and he volunteered to be the inside man on this heist. He just barely made it through. Now he knows he can crawl out a small ventilation shaft next time we pull a bank job.
Katya inspection our work.
Today, after two days of curing the epoxy, I opened the door, knocking out the shims that had held it flush and level. The door swung flawlessly and smoothly, staying exactly where I left it in any position just like it should! Yeah! That means we got the hinges on right. The first time no less!
Ben tests new door’s interface.
The door isn’t quite done yet. We still need to connect the networking system to all the butcher shop sensors and control systems so we can monitor and operate the butcher shop from the comfort of the throne. It is perhaps the worlds largest working iPad. A beautiful technological demonstration of SmartBuildings for the future. We’re using the new curved sapphire glass that Apple’s making in large furnaces in Arizona. Don’t tell anyone you saw it here because this is a secret new product that has not been announced yet.
Looks pretty cool doesn’t it. Just kidding! Someone had commented that the thin solid stainless steel door had the elegance of Apple’s iPhone / iPad so I couldn’t resist Photoshopping in my iPodTouch. Just a little fun on the job site!
Will has taken the door back down so he can add the vanes to the ventilation port and polish the door before hanging it back up for real.
Yes, it’s a pretty fancy bathroom door. The justification is that it is practice for doing the doors we’ll need on the production rooms which must be cleanable, not rust and very durable. We learned a lot doing the first door which we’ll now apply to the ‘real’ doors. Practice makes perfect.
Outdoors: 54°F/34°F Partially Sunny, Rain to come late
Tiny Cottage: 66°F/62°F
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