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Old 03-02-2019, 10:33 PM   #1
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Help fixing skoolie door!

So this is kind of embarrassing... weíre pretty far along in our conversion process but we havenít fixed our front door. Wood stove ? Check. Vent fan? Check. Door we donít have to clamp shut? *crickets*

We have a manually operated skoolie door that shuts pretty tight from the inside, but th thereís no way to lock it from outside so we installed a deadbolt. The door shuts well enough and the seal is okay except for one lower side on the bottom right - thereís a gap we have to clamp shut so our cat doesnít escape. Bonus cat picture is attached.

Iím not sure how to fix this one. Take a look and give me some advice if you can! Maybe new bolts?
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Old 03-02-2019, 10:59 PM   #2
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Our 2002 Thomas had a bunch of rust in that area. After cleaning that up, there was still a space in the lower front door (but not enough to get a cat through). I used some lumber and a pipe-clamp. I put the lumber on the first stair up from the bottom such that it protruded about an inch or so past the edge of the opening in the bottom stair where the door is SUPPOSED to close against. Then I closed the doors, put a board on the outside of the door along the bottom, and used the pipe clamp hooked at the back of the bottom stair and outside of the door "board" right at the end of the front door for most leverage. I slowly cranked the pipe-clamp to bend the door. I also moved the "stairs" board up (by piling up about 8 inches of lumber) to get a little more bend because there was need in that area as well. Take it slow and easy and check for fit, removing the "stairs" board so the door can close.

Darn ... I knew I should have taken pictures!

Edit: Note that the "stairs" board should NOT be placed above the solid portion of the door unless you want a cracked window.
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Old 03-02-2019, 11:37 PM   #3
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That is fantastic advice! I’m gonna get it a try tomorrow morning and let ya know how it goes!
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