The Garage Door!
This post is in response to those commenters who requested pictures of the new garage door! (You’ll be so glad you asked!)
Some people may have been misled by ‘We’ve been together now for forty years’ – that was actually a reference to the house and garage having been conjoined for (more than) 40 years, not the joining together of himself and me. My apologies!
Anyway, back to the door since I’m sure you’re gasping for the details.
It’s a Hörmann sectional door and we decided on white. There was a long waiting list for coloured doors as they have to be ordered ‘specially’. In any case, we would have taken forever to decide, for example, which shade of green or tone of yellow we required. Colours fade, too, or so we were informed, and white doors are always in stock. Even so, we had to wait a few months before ours could be installed.
The installers arrived at the allotted time and set to work cheerfully. Some of the work had to be done outside as a new frame had to be constructed. They worked so hard throughout thunder, lightning and torrential rain. They discovered there was a minute chip on one of the panels and took photographs of it to relay to the manufacturer. Honestly, we wouldn’t have noticed it. They will return in a couple of weeks’ time to replace the damaged (!) panel.
The door mechanism, though not silent, is a great improvement on the clanking, grinding efforts of the old door. The video did not upload successfully!
It is so nice to go into the garage now. The door fits beautifully, meaning howling gales and homeless mice are not allowed in, making the space pleasant to work in. We may even put a car in there! The cats will be disappointed, though. They used to enjoy prowling round the garage, seeking small rodents to play with.
Hörmann make external house doors, too, but they are incredibly expensive, so we shan’t be looking to them for our front door!Exterior view
Gilbert has acquired a new name - Gilbert the Geek. He was discovered in his bed savouring the remote control fob for the garage door.