Tuesday, November 1, 2016

MEASURE TWICE & GO TRIBE!

Tuesday, November 1 – We are still at the Houston Elks Lodge campground here in Stafford, TX.  With time on his hands, Paul has been doing some maintenance and other projects around the RV. One of the things Marsha has always wanted is a window in the door. Our 5th wheel only came with a “peek-hole,” and it was pretty well worthless. For one thing it was too high for Marsha to use and, due to the step arrangement, you couldn't see anyone outside anyway. A while back, Paul from Living Our Dream installed a window in their 5th wheel, so we knew we could do the same.

PPL of Houston, a huge RV consignment dealer and parts store, is just around the corner from the Houston Elks RV Park, so it is a convenient location to do these type of projects. Paul recently picked-up the parts needed to install the window and first thing in the morning he got to work.

Measure TWICE and cut once. Good motto to follow when you are cutting a 15”X24” hole in the door of your home. Paul started by making a cardboard pattern and then transferring the size onto the door. And yes, he measured several times before cutting. Surprisingly, there is only a half-inch allowance where the window frame overlaps the hole. Could have given you a little more freedom for error in Paul's opinion.

window in 5th wheel door

The cutting was a breeze. Paul was prepared for a tough cutting job. Paul from Living our Dream wore out several saw blades according to his blog write-up. So Paul had extra blades on hand but was happy not to need them. The only difficulty was keeping the hole straight and level since a saber-saw has such a tiny blade. After a little touch-up here and there, the hole was ready for a dry-fit of the window and frame.

window in 5th wheel door

window in 5th wheel door

See the blade cutting through the door.
window in door

Dang! It appears our door is thicker than the window frame was made for so Paul needs to find some filler/weather stripping to fill the gap. Off to Home Depot for additional parts. Foam weather stripping should do the trick. Paul also coated the outer frame with a strip of butyl caulk to seal it and make it water tight.

 window in 5th wheel door

window in 5th wheel door

window in 5th wheel door

Surprise, surprise! After carefully inserting the glass and tightening the frame, Paul discovered the weather stripping wasn't needed after all. The window frame tightened correctly in the door after-all. Guess he should have spent a little more time on the dry-fit before assuming the frame wasn't going to work. Oh well, no harm....better safe than sorry!

window in 5th wheel door

After tightening the many screws in the mating frames, the glass was securely in place between the frames and weather tight.

window in 5th wheel door

A quick spray of Windex to clean the glass and surrounding area and the job is complete. All and all, a job nicely done. And other than the nervous feeling of cutting the hole, a pretty simple job! Next up, adding a window blind to the inside of the RV to cover the window at night.

window in 5th wheel door

Marsha loves being able to look out the door. She is easily amused.

window in 5th wheel door

I am sure most of our readers already know that Marsha’s Cleveland Indians are in the World Series.

Indians-win-ALC

The Tribe is up 3-2. Game 6 is tonight. With good pitching, bats that come alive and a little luck, the Tribe will win the World Series tonight. These games have been great for watching but very hard on the nerves…lol.

2016 Tribe

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y’all back real soon. Have a great day!

17 comments:

  1. Nice job! Kinda dumb that it didn't come with that window to begin with.

    www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

    ReplyDelete
  2. Paul's fixit skills are on display once again. What a handy man to have around.

    I normally don't care what team wins what contest but I'm rooting for the Indians just to support Marsha. I hope that helps. :)

    ReplyDelete
  3. That is really an impressive job. I'm hoping the Cubs only cause I want it to go to seven games. More fun for those of us who just like watching. But sorry about your nerves.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Nicely done on that door window! Whoever though a door with only a peep hole was a good idea anyway? Good luck to the Indians! Make Marsha's dream come true with a win!

    ReplyDelete
  5. I kept looking for Marsha in the stands then I remembered you guys were in Houston

    ReplyDelete
  6. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Great job, Paul. It's so nice you were handy to PPL and were able to get the window there. I had to order mine from the door manufacturer, and the shipping cost more than the window.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Having that window is a nice security feature so you can see who is standing outside. Good job Paul.

    ReplyDelete
  9. What a great job! Marsha should rent Paul out. I'm sure there are others that would appreciate all the little jobs he could finish for them.

    ReplyDelete
  10. Nice job Paul. We have a window but it is opaque and also pretty useless.

    Sorry about your Indians. They will do it this evening.

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love the window!! I would want a window in the door, also. Very nice work, Paul:) I'm sure that first cut was very tough.

    Sure hope the pitching and bats are fired up tonight!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Good job Paul. Did you get it low enough for Marsha to see out without getting a box to stand on?...lol

    ReplyDelete
  13. Looks like it came that way... nice job! Hope Cleveland wins... I was in Ohio when Labron brought the basketball team to victory... Lookin' good for Ohio this year!

    ReplyDelete
  14. You must have an endless list of Pauls-to-dos.

    ReplyDelete
  15. So nice that Marsha has her very own built in handyman. Great job Paul.

    ReplyDelete
  16. I have just downloaded iStripper, and now I can watch the sexiest virtual strippers on my taskbar.

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for leaving us a comment. We enjoy reading them. Have a great day!