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Popular Science Monthly

��To Make a Storm Vestibule on a Veranda

AS may be seen from Fig. i, the l\ entrance to which the storm ves- tibule was added extends out into the veranda about 2 ft. beyond the general front wall line of the house. The

��Fig. 1. General plan of the en- trance to which the vestibule was added


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��veranda-roof is supported by five columns, about 6 ft. apart. Two of these flank the stairs from the walk to the porch. The hall is 6 ft. wide, and the big double door with glass panels, is fully as wide, less the trim. The makeup of the door-casing is such as to provide a good |^-in. stop all around outside. A sketch was made like Fig. i. This shows that the narrow portion of the porch, which is only about 4 ft. from the door-casing to the posts, would be filled up by a rectangular structure, so that it would be inconvenient to reach either portion ^ or B of the veranda from the steps when the vestibule was in place. Therefore the shape was altered as shown, leaving sufficient room for a person to pass com- fortably to either section of the veranda. The plan of the vestibule is shown in Fig. 2. Its position on the porch floor is defined by the strips shown outside the side panels. These are square, about lYi in. each way. They are screwed to the porch floor, and also to the side panels. The side panels and door frame are assembled as shown in detail of the joint at C. This joint is secured by screws passing through the door frame into the wedge-shaped piece, which is integral with the side panels. If the work is properly fitted, three screws on each side will be sufficient.


In the cross-section shown in Fig. 3, the construction of the top is indicated. This is made of tongue and groove fencing, the same as the side panels, and battened. The rear edge is made to slip in tight under the frame of the house door, and the battens are so placed that the side panels bear against them. It is not necessary to secure this piece except with two small hooks and eyes on each side, by which it is fastened to the side panels, so as to prevent entrance of cold air if it should warp. Sufficient projection of the top panel is provided to allow a crown-mold to be placed under it similar to that shown on the door frame in Fig. 3. This makes a cornice all around the vestibule, and is an attractive finish. These two pieces are attached to the side panels, and are mitered against the mold across the front.

The entire scheme consists of five pieces: two side panels, the top, the door frame, and the door. The door was purchased, with plate-glass upper panel, from a dealer in house-wrecking materials for a moderate sum. The rest of the material is plain lumber-yard stuff. The work of building and fitting such a vestibule must be carefully planned, and honestly executed. Skimp- ed work will show and prove trouble- some. But when once built it can be

��Fig. 2. Plan of vestibule


���erected or removed in half an hour, with no tools but a screwdriver.

The door should be hung on loose pin-butts, of good weight and quality. They should be brass, steel bushed, with steel pins, brass tipped. The lock hardware and all the removable screws should be brass. This is because steel

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