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Old 07-25-2016, 08:27 PM   #1
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Barometer and clock install

There have been several others who've installed a set of weather instruments and there are several different approaches show in the thread "A few mods in our new to us 17B".

I've always had a barometer etc. on boats and got in the habit of giving it a tap in the morning to see how my day was going to go. So, inspired by the other posts and the set at Lee Valley being so reasonable I made up a base plate for them.

I wanted to mount them to drywall machine screws so I needed a keyhole slot. I didn't have a bit for that so I improvised. 1/2" milling bit straight in, 1/4" bit sideways and a 1/2" Tee slot cutter in and sideways. More fun than going to Busy Bee and buying a cutter for 8 bucks.

I wasn't going to buy two expensive bits just for this project. So I used a hole saw and then a 1" milling cutter to remove the excess wood. Could have used a chisel but I'm lazy.

Went to slap on a coat or two of polyurethane and found the contents had turned into a white hockey puck. I looked at other clear finishes I had on hand; some varnish from Turkey when I keep my boat there, great stuff but thick and slow drying and not suited to this job; also the oil base Varethane; the Deks Olje is great stuff, beautiful appearance and easy to sand but put on # 1 flat and wait 3 days before putting on #2 gloss. I'm not that patient. Quick trip to store and a new can of water based polyurethane. Looking at the other products made me appreciate how good and easy to use the water based finishes are.

I like the location where I placed it. I can take a quick peak in from the door and see and it's very visible in the trailer. 80 degrees in there now but only 50% humidity so it's not quite as bad as some other places.

So I'm back to my old routine, get up and give the barometer a tap-tap.

Ron
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Old 07-25-2016, 08:36 PM   #2
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Nice Ron ! Pat
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It occurs to me that someone could make some decent extra money making these and selling them. But then they'd miss the fun.
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Ron,
Have you given any thought to replacing the hinges on the bath door with ones that allow the door to completely open?
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Just remember to pull the barometer for travel, or the needle ends up in the 6 o'clock position and you have to reset it.
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Have you given any thought to replacing the hinges on the bath door with ones that allow the door to completely open?
What's the point of that? It doesn't make the opening any bigger
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It allows someone else to go past the door if someone is using the sink in the bath with the door open, helps when there are two of you.
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It allows someone else to go past the door if someone is using the sink in the bath with the door open, helps when there are two of you.
What's the rush?
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Have you given any thought to replacing the hinges on the bath door with ones that allow the door to completely open?
Oh, trust me, I've thought about it long and hard. I even looked at the new design to see if they still used the same type of bathroom door. They do

I vacillate between fabricating new hinges that have the pins at the outer side allowing for 180* opening and fabricating a completely new raised panel door, inset into the jamb and fully fitting the opening.

Yup, definitely given it some thought.

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If I replaced the door I'd use a louvered style, but weight can be an issue with those as they are solid wood, unless a resin type door can be found, like those shutter on your homes.
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