Thursday, January 6, 2022

When One Door Closes

When one door closes, another door opens or something like that.

When we first purchased the Lazy OD Ranch in December 2014, the old red pole barn was in pretty sad shape. Bro. Mitch Boggs Jr. brought his crew and Bro. Jason Fellers to shore it up structurally, replace the roof and finish it out with trim in the summer of 2015.

This is how the front looked until August of this year.

The overhead door finally arrived and was installed in August.

While the installers were here, they helped me take down the old sliding doors that were built in 1982. I laid them next to the driveway until I could get home and remove the metal.

We had a day in mid December without rain and with only mildly arctic temperatures so we removed the metal from the frames.

I suppose this is the manufacture date of the metal. 12/8/81. 

I was amazed that the screws came out so easily. The guides mounted on the barn did not come off easily, but we finally removed them!

I am saving the faded red metal to finish around the new door and for a few other places around the barn. I kept the frames, tracks, rollers and guides and they are in really good shape. I was hoping I could find someone that needed doors and did not have money to build doors like these.

Each door is 14'x7', but could be rebuilt to a smaller size if needed. As they are, they can cover a 14x14 opening. I put them on Craigslist in Dayton and Cincinnati at a very cheap price. You could not purchase the track and rollers for the price of everything.

The ad stayed up on Craigslist for two or three weeks without one bite. I did not even get scam emails or texts! I usually always have someone wanting to send extra money in exchange for my account numbers.😍

I put up the ad and did not update it, renew it or even look at it the whole time. I heard nothing but crickets from the ads.

Monday night a guy text me from 9:30 to 10:40 about the doors. He decided to take them and he made arrangements to do the deal Tuesday morning. By 6:00 Tuesday morning he was pulling in and loading up.

He drove 90 minutes from Kentucky to get the doors, tracks, rollers and guides. He is finishing up a new building and they are the exact size he needs. He saved a lot of money and got exactly what he needed.

By 6:30 AM, we had the doors loaded, strapped and he was on his way to work.

I sold them for half the asking price and the asking price was WAY less than new material so I was super happy to send them to a good home. That worked out just like I had hoped and imagined!

Some days things work out great!

Thank you for reading today.


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