Awesome build! Can you share how much "added depth" was neccessary to accommodate the weather stripping? It looks like the door is the same thickness as the wall, but is the weather stripping recessed into the ring you fabricated?I got the door for the water heater all sorted finally. It took a little more doing than I had anticipated. I cut the rough opening in the front wall larger than the water heater. But once I put the trim for the door seal in place, the opening became too small.
I notched the case around a hinge to move it closer to the hinge side. I'll probably end up having to box that area back in somehow. I'll need to do some testing to see how hot it gets first.
Anyway, other than that, I'm really pleased with how it came out. We fiddled around with the hinges yesterday trying to get the panel gaps just right. They're really close, and as good as we can get them. Nothing gets hung up on opening and closing, and the door ends up pretty darn close to square and centered in the opening.
I also drilled then shaped the holes for the latches. That was more difficult than I anticipated it being. In the end, a piece of sandpaper wrapped around a threaded rod worked really well. I just kept repeating sand and check. Sand and check. Sand and check, until they fit in there snugly. Also, we spent longer than I figured it would take trying to orient them so that they're both righty-tighty and oriented the same in the lock and unlock position. But it was time well spent. The action of the locks feels very solid.
Sure no problem. Let me explain a little, because I forget how much detail I gave on pages back. I created a ring like you said, that basically mimics the shape of the door opening, but it is smaller on the inside edge by the width of the gasket, and then the outside edge is large enough for it to reach to the interior walls that it's connected to. And the door is the cut-out piece of the front wall, so the thickness there is the same. The ring is set back from the inside face of the wall by approximately 1/4" if I remember correctly.Awesome build! Can you share how much "added depth" was neccessary to accommodate the weather stripping? It looks like the door is the same thickness as the wall, but is the weather stripping recessed into the ring you fabricated?
The finish is great! It hasn't spent a ton of time outside, just because there's been space available in the garage. But it's been through rain and salt and we haven't actually given it a wash yet. I haven't spotted any issues like paint peeling or flaking or wearing down, etc. at all, except for a couple tiny tiny areas that I somehow missed when I was applying the coating. But that was my fault. I would definitely recommend Monstaliner. 1 gallon was enough for like 2 and a half coats, almost a full third coat. I didn't paint the bottom.The trailer look great bud! How is the poly, and monsterliner holding up? I'm in the middle of a trailer build, and working on what i want to use to seal/protect the wood.