Had a really productive weekend. Got up at O dark thirty yesterday to drive 6.5 hrs. to Huntington, WV to pickup my new-to-me windows and doors. I can still hardly believe my good fortune in finding an entire set that will be so absolutely perfect for my build-out.
I got there before noon and the seller was already hard at it removing some of the screws. He had all the tools and a great attitude in helping me remove them all and safely pack them. In total I got 7-36x36, 1-36x42, 2-22x24, 4-12x36 and one ~22x24 trapezoidal window that will probably go in the bathroom. For doors I also got 1-48x72 double door and the rear 38x60 door. I forwent the all glass bifold entry door as I have no conceivable place to use it.
It was a spectacular day in some of the prettiest country you'll find. West Virginia sure does get a bad rap. In my book it is every bit as beautiful as Vermont or Connecticut. I wish they'd market it better because it sure does have amazing scenery.
It took us ~3 hours to remove them and pack them, and I was back on the road again and home by 11pm. After we finished he showed me a spectacular 1976 black Smokey and the Bandit Trans Am that took my breath away that he and his boys spent three years rebuilding. I swear this thing could have just rolled off the movie screen!
What a day, what an adventure and what a great outcome. I have all the windows I'll need for a truly great looking window solution, plus two excellent storage compartment doors from the 48x72 dbl door. Those are piano hinged the full height, and the two full length bar locks are going to make securing them a snap.
Today I also picked up a cheap no-gas mig welder for $50. I know, I know, stop your snickering...you purists will never be satisfied! What I know is that it works and for $50 I'll take the chance that it will do what I need it to do. Wish me luck...
Tomorrow I head out for a week in Florida, the first of nine out of ten weeks of travel (sheesh!), so I'm not sure when I'll actually get to the roof raise. But I can at least proceed now with the confidence of knowing I have the windows to do it right.
Here they are stored...not much to look at but you get the idea:
Here's the Chinese special which I'm already calling the widowmaker!
Take care until next time you hosers!