But I guess I have to start at the beginning..
Before I posted that I was putting it into the universe that I wanted to widen the rough opening for my patio door and install this, our slider had started wearing out. Sliding doors wheels are typically meant to last about 20 years, but ours decided to bite the dust a few years early and had left the back door difficult to open.
Mr. Goats and I took the door off and replaced the wheels, but that didn't completely fix the problem as the track was bent.
It was a whole big thing.
Long story... less long! I could no longer open the slider without throwing my back out, so something had to be done about it immediately. This meant that I couldn't get my dream doors, but we got a good substitute.
Mr. Goats and I like the 10-pane look (and there actually aren't 10-panes to clean! they're "dividers" inside two glass panes), and the price was beyond amazing!
When it came to installation, we changed our minds multiple times as to whether we'd have help, hire someone, or do it ourselves. Ultimately, when help fell through, I convinced Mr. Goats that we could do it ourselves (how hard can it be?!).
Famous last words, right (foreshadowing)?
We got the slider removed and the rough opening prepped for a new door (sill pan, weather stripping, etc) done and the new door in place in under 2 hours. At this point, the only thing to do was to get the door square and level and plumb, and all those technical terms.
And we.. couldn't... get... it... right!
Mr. Goats and I worked on the door from 6 am until about 4pm, and by the time we threw in the towel, the new door was only a tiny bit easier to open than the slider.
What a mess.
Luckily, my friend's husband has a home renovation company, and sent someone to our rescue!
All that was left to do was to seal it and trim it out! (note, it's a pre-primed door and the trim had a coat of paint, so there are color discrepancies - it'll look better when everything's been painted)
And pick a paint color...!
This post just goes to show that, no matter how easy doing something seems on paper, sometimes you just gotta call in the big guns.
Have you installed french doors yourself, or did you know better to have help? Heck, how 'bout ANY doors? I'd love to hear!