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Garage Door Ventilation

By Ollypj @OllyPJ

I’ve just sat down to write this, having spent an hour out in the workshop this evening – after work and in temperatures that are barely anywhere above freezing!

Garage Door Ventilation

Marking for the cut-out.

You see, I was watching another YouTube video from the Ultimate Handyman last week where he shows you how to fit simple, cheap louver vents to an up-and-over garage door. My workshop’s always been in need of further ventilation since I draft-proofed the door and there is an ominous smell of ‘damp’ each time I’m out there. I don’t currently own a diamond core bit to drill the walls and I liked that you can fit these higher up the door which, in my mind, means you’re less likely to get frozen toes… I could be wrong!

Either  way, it might help to pass some fresh air up in to the roof space for the time being and I decided to just get this done and to have a go and hopefully get back out there to do some proper woodwork very soon.

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Ready for the saw!

Where Mr.Handyman drilled a series of holes to allow air to pass behind the vent and through the door, I decided to cut-away a rectangular section with my jigsaw, after drilling an 9mm hole in each corner for a very fine metal-cutting blade, which did a great job with the saw set on a slower speed.

Garage Door Ventilation

…Letterbox?!

This worked really well and the short blade was just about able to remove most of the 25mm thick polystyrene sheeting I’d fitted as insulation a few years ago. There was still the case of the 4mm hardboard on the other side but, I also had plan for that!

Garage Door Ventilation

Needs more rivets!

It was then up in to the roof space to try and hunt down my cheap, hand-powered riveter, which was purchased a couple of years ago when I fitted a pair of sturdy garage door bolts. This also meant digging the ladder out, unfolding it outside and repositioning it, upright, within the workshop… I then had to pull myself up and over several stacks of tanalised softwood before I found what I was looking for (not to mention all the damp and water damage that appears to be hitting the chipboard floor up there).

A few of the 4mm diameter rivets jammed in the tool but, after a light application of WD-40, it began to improve. Still, I felt that the four fixing holes provided weren’t sufficient with the ‘convex’ shape of the door so, I drilled a couple more near the center.

Garage Door Ventilation

Should’ve used rivets…

Rivets are ideal for fixing thin materials together just like this. In fact, I probably should’ve used them over self-tapping screws when I lined the inside of the door with hardboard!

Garage Door Ventilation

“PLEASE CLEAN ME!”

There’s the newly-ventilated door; breathing cleaner air in to my workshop! All it needs now is a bloody good clean and a tidy up around the timber frames…

Garage Door Ventilation

Interior cut-out.

To mark the location of the cut-out on the inside, I transferred each of the four corners through using a drill bit and then joined them up with a pencil line before again cutting with my jigsaw. That metal-cutting blade also made a neat job of the hardboard edges, even on a faster speed.

Garage Door Ventilation

I spy…

I haven’t yet decided whether or not to fit a pair of identical vents to the interior hardboard face of the door but I do like the ‘snooper’ potential this now gives me… At near-eye level, I’m just able to peer down the drive to investigate the sound of a car (or delivery van) pulling up outside the gate. Before, I’ve had to quite blatantly swing the door wide open; only to realize that the queue of cars are simply waiting to overtake someone visiting a neighbour!

When the lights are on and I stand outside in the darkness, there is a distinct glow and so, I’ll need to be aware of any future patio cleaners and landscape gardeners canvassing for work in the summer evenings!

;-)

I’m pleased I was rather spontaneously get out and get this done. I considered doing this job yesterday and it did only take an hour but, I had phoned in sick to get a day’s rest from work so, I would’ve been ‘cheating’ a bit. I only wish I could be as spontaneous with my woodworking in general. I have lots of little ideas and improvements; many thoughts about short videos and material that could suit both this blog and the occasional magazine article. I also feel as though I’m running out of time.

(Just previewing this post before hitting publish and, having just written it; an idea has popped in to my head to make a pair of ‘flat’ non-louvre vents from thin ply to fit on the inside!)

 


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