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Mission accomplished

Last night, S helped me finish up Project Bike Security.

It looks like there were two different layers of concrete poured in the garage. The upper layer was much more tough than the lower layer, so I made great progress with drilling the pilot hole, to the point where I was ready to switch over to the 1/2" bit and drill the final hole. The hole widening went FAST, probably because it's easier for a bigger bit to scrape out the sides than for the smaller bit to bore downwards.

While I worked on that, S added another layer of metal to the deadbolt's strikeplate, and then he helped me attach the lower cane bolt. Once that was in place, we decided it would really be a good idea to add a top bolt as well. Fortunately, the top bolt only had to go into wood. It felt like drilling through sawdust, after the concrete episode.

The whole thing feels like a real set of doors now.

Door security complete

Five bikes can squeeze in, if necessary, but with four bikes it's still possible for L to get over to the washer and dryer to do laundry. The doors won't bang around in the wind anymore. And we won't find ourselves fiddling with the dang luggage lock in the dark. There is one hook that is not entirely convenient (with a bike on it, it blocks the light switch), but that project has to wait until L's available for input.

Hooray, hooray, hooray, whew. I can move on to other projects.

...maybe I should build myself a piano bench. *laughs maniacally*


( 2 remarks — Remark )
Feb. 12th, 2016 09:54 pm (UTC)
when I had the moving van,
I was thinking of putting a cement block in there, getting bike chains through the cement block, door handle, steering wheel, other door handle. Paranoid.
Feb. 12th, 2016 10:00 pm (UTC)
Re: when I had the moving van,
I am trying really hard not to own anything that requires that level of security. People who have Really Nice Bikes should keep them locked up inside of their locked houses. I know several people who have had bikes stolen from inside locked houses.

My main goal with this project has been to get things out of the general "crime of opportunity" category. At this point, if someone steals our bicycles, it will only have been after considerable effort on their part.

I feel like, with moving trucks, you have to be pretty careful about where you park, and that takes care of a good portion of the risk.
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