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Monday, April 28th, 2008

This weekend we did a couple things to the house to make it a little better. First we finally got rid of the decorative bricks that bordered our back patio. They were such a pain in the butt; I've tripped on them about a thousand times and broken a few by hitting them with the lawn mower. So we pulled them all up and plan on filling the hole with dirt and plant some grass.

We were just going to throw the bricks out, but according to the town's website, they have to be in plastic bins each being no more than 60 pounds. It would've taken forever to get rid of them that way, so I put them up on craigslist for free. It was amazing; about 50 people contacted me wanting the bricks.

Then we decided to put a storm door on the house. There is a straight shot through the house from the front door to the back door, so with a screen door we could get a nice cross breeze. We got the door at Lowes Saturday afternoon and got caught in a torrential rain storm (complete with hail) on the way home with the door on the top of my jeep. This door is said to be the easiest to install and can be done in 60 minutes. It took longer than that, but it was really easy to put in. Everything fit like a glove except the top trim piece. I guess the door hole was just a snitch too short. Nothing I couldn't fix with a mallet, a block of wood and sock.

New storm door

I going to end up walking right into that door one of these days...

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#1 - Apr 28, 2008 at 9:46 PM
We're in the market for a storm door too. Can you tell me what brand you bought?
#2 - Apr 29, 2008 at 5:00 AM
Sure, it's a Pella 36" Ashford Storm Door.

You see that little wart on the bottom strut? When you open the door you can tap that with your foot and the door will stay open at that point! No more sliding one of those stupid things to get it to stay open.
#3 - Apr 30, 2008 at 3:53 PM
Ah. We put in a Pella storm door from Lowes also about 2 years ago. Robert and my brother-in-law couldn't figure it out, so I had to come to the rescue. But ours has the two pieces of glass with that roll down screen, which I love. We replaced our back sliding door with french doors, and we have yet to install the screens for those, so we will also have that cross breeze. This year it is windows we will be replacing on the back of the house...I can't wait.
#4 - May 1, 2008 at 2:36 PM
Nice a shame to ruin it by walking through it. Are you for hire? Come on down to the BIG state and help us out a bit.....

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