The hinged latch that will house our weatherproof padlock is an interesting one, but we made it work! I do plan on painting it, but for now, it's "good enough"! The rain finally chased us in around 2:30 this afternoon when it over powered the huge Maple that was acting as a rain guard while we worked. I still have a couple more latches for the doors (a hook and eye at the bottom and a barrel bolt at the top), just to secure them a little better and hopefully help keep them closed! Because of the slope of the earth, both doors had to swing out, not how I had planned them, but it works! Top, bottom, and all sides are perfectly spaced even!
It is pretty much two sets of doors, with the wire mesh and fencing sandwiched in-between. It really made a pretty solid door! It isn't perfect, but then again, it fits in with this project, lol. The door on the right of the photo with the doors open is slightly wider than the other door (by a whopping 1.25 inches") so the hardware cloth, at 24" wide, couldn't connect on all 4 edges at once. So, we made a hardware cloth bottom piece and then put the 2x4 fencing at the top of that door. The other door, which is the skinnier door, fit the width of the wire mesh perfectly so we just used it.
|We used the measurements on the left!|
And back to Bill Kelly...this guy is our favorite weather man on the 11 pm NBC news! He has some odd fascination with Fairbanks, Alaska though...so we get lots of updates on how their weather is too. He is really a crack up at 11:05 when he gets to do his weather...