Door to my heart

Back in August when I was removing the vanity counter tops, re-plumbing the waste lines, and replacing the Formica wall and ceiling panels in the head, I had to remove the door.  See, in our boat when you open the door to the head, you’re effectively closing off access to the entire forward cabin.

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This is all fine and good when you have dinner guests over to the boat and don’t want them to see what a mess the v-berth is, or that we still don’t have countertops or a sink installed yet.  Not so good when you’re working with power tools and moving large objects in and out of such a small space.  Anyway, since it’s probably going to be sometime this spring before I get around to fabricating the Corian top for the vanity and getting the sink hooked up, and, since it’s already been made public Jeni’s aversion to foul odor, it was suggested to me that it might be nice to have a door back on the crapper.

Such is the case with vintage sailboats, things tend to settle and shrink, hinges sag and wear out, locks and latches no longer do so, and doors cease to open and close correctly.  Our door to the head opened and closed just fine, but when swung 90 degrees to centerline, failed to fit within the confines of the strike side doorjamb.  The previous owner attempted (unsuccessfully) to remedy this problem by installing several paper shims behind each of the 3 hinges, as well as planing down the edge of the door.

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Turns out that shimming the hinges only exacerbated the problem and by removing them it actually fit a little better.  It also helped to swap the saggy top hinge with not so saggy bottom hinge, but the edge still rubbed the frame and needed a slight shave.  I also discovered a split in the wood near the lock set that required some glue and a clamp.  That’s a bloody splinter  just waiting to happen for sure; might as well take care of it with the door already down at the shop for the second time in one day.  By the way, super glue comes in pretty handy for minor woodworking repairs.

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Back at the boat the door closed much better, but I may still need to shave it down a bit more.  After running the dehumidifier all day yesterday and letting the door acclimate to the temperature and moisture level inside the boat, it barely rubs at all now.   I’m sure I’ll have numerous opportunities to do some fine tuning since I’m going to have to take it back off to finish the vanity top and teak trim.

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