On Saturday July 11th, my day started with moving the deadbolt hole in the laundry room outer door so it would line up with the newly re-hinged [and aligned door]. I moved the new hinges half an inch backwards from their original locations and also added a luan piece behind the top hinge. That meant the door finally hung correctly, didn’t swing all the way open on it’s own when you opened it a crack, and closed correctly without slamming it. But that also meant the deadbolt I replaced no longer seated into the old hole in the door frame:
I spent waaaaaaaay too long trying to figure out where the stupid hole should be. The trouble was the deadbolt was installed slightly crooked [not by me] and therefore the hole in the door was slightly crooked. I suck at measuring such things, so I ended up using a crayon to make a rubbing of the side of the door where the deadbolt was:
Then cut out the rubbing, flipped it over so I could align it with the hole on the door frame, and used a pen to trace the outline of the deadbolt on the back:
I held the stencil up to the door and after some chiseling and a lot of swearing, finally got it right! And added some additional screws for added security. I still need to fill in the gaps with wood filler and a coat of paint:
Next up was installing the Baldwin Smartkey doorknob [the one I bought years ago with the intention of replacing the broken knob on the laundry room door]. My plan was to install it on the deck door since it was the only outer door without a Baldwin Smartkey knob. The old doorknob was cheap gold crap. The only problem with the new Baldwin doorknob was that it was ugly gold. I spray painted it Rustoleum Metallic:
And installed it on the deck door [doorknob #14/14]. Much better:
Now it’s re-keyed to match all our other outer door doorknobs. One key for the whole house – woohoo!
On Sunday July 26th, I re-replaced the hinges on the front door. In the time since I’d installed them in Fall 2018 they had already rusted. Because cheap Home Depot crap:
Darwin kept an eye on me from inside the inner front hall door:
The front door is a medley of smashed spider with a side of crushed ant:
Ew. The new hinges look great:
Then I replaced the hinges on the yard door [hinges #30-32/42], which were also rusty crap:
The holes on the new Baldwin hinges didn’t align with the holes already in the door frame, so I had to drill new ones. For a couple of the holes that meant using the matchstick and glue trick where you fill old holes with 2 snapped off wooded match sticks and a bunch of wood glue. Once it dries overnight you can then drill holes that overlap the original ones:
Lastly I removed the 4 remaining brass hinges from the upstairs doors [hinges #33-36/42]. Girl cave, bedroom, master bath/bedroom, & master bath/hallway. The girl cave hinges were all a bitch to remove, and the last one was no better. I tried the rubber band trick with no luck. So had to cut into the stubborn ones with my Dremel and muscle them out with a screw driver:
Then I spray painted the 4 sets of hinges Rustoleum Metallic:
And put them back on the doors.
I have since fixed up the areas around the new hinges with wood filler & paint. They look AH-MAY-ZING!!!
So now all 14 doorknobs have been replaced, all 5 deadbolts have been replaced [including the deck door one that I installed myself], and 36 out of 42 hinges have been replaced.