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PostSubject: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:26 am

Freaking maniac salesman quoted my wife and I $3000 for a new front door. Thanks, but no thanks. Home Depot and Lowes have doors for a couple of hundred bucks. While I realize there may be some energy savings in a more expensive door - anything over 1K seems ridiculous.

Home improvement blows. Look at this list of things I am going to have done in the next few months:

-new front door and storm door
-new backyard fence
-replace deck with new one or patio
-new heat pump
-new washer & dryer
-landscaping

I refuse to do any of it myself as I am much too important and my time is valuable. Plus, I'd do a half assed job anyway. Surprised
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PostSubject: Re: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:30 am

AR wrote:
Freaking maniac salesman quoted my wife and I $3000 for a new front door. Thanks, but no thanks. Home Depot and Lowes have doors for a couple of hundred bucks. While I realize there may be some energy savings in a more expensive door - anything over 1K seems ridiculous.

Home improvement blows. Look at this list of things I am going to have done in the next few months:

-new front door and storm door
-new backyard fence
-replace deck with new one or patio
-new heat pump
-new washer & dryer
-landscaping

I refuse to do any of it myself as I am much too important and my time is valuable. Plus, I'd do a half assed job anyway. Surprised
I need a new door - but $3,000 !!!! Evil or Very Mad
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PostSubject: Re: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:37 am

i'm looking at a new kitchen in the next couple of months. got quoted a semi decent price. going to look at the cabinets tomorrow. Smile
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PostSubject: Re: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 9:43 am

The only way I would pay $3,000 for a new front door is if I can afford to live in a million dollar home!
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PostSubject: Re: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 11:33 am

Crazy how much home improvement stuff costs. I'm lucky in the fact that my husband was a carpenter before he got on the fire department, so he can install all that stuff (when the mood strikes Rolling Eyes Laughing ). Still just the cost of materials can kill ya.
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PostSubject: Re: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:07 pm

No freaking way should anyone ever pay $3000 for a door.
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PostSubject: Re: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:12 pm

I did major renovations to my house when we bought it, which included replacing 2 entry/storm doors. Since all the work/products were all grouped into one price, I can't quote how much it would have cost to install just the doors. But I can offer one word of advice...

It's best if you install fiberglass entry doors instead of solid wood (oak) or metal. They do not rust/dent, rarely chip, and do not swell/rot due to weather conditions. We have Feather River doors installed in our house: Feather River Door Company . I believe the contractor got these from Home Depot's regular stock.

Also, word to the wise with these type of big box home improvement retailer chains... Try to stick to items that are in stock. They somehow always get the order wrong, deliver the items damaged or flawed, and can end up being a bitch to deal with.

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PostSubject: Re: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:42 pm

I'm getting ready to put new tile in my kitchen, back entry, and hall. Then we need to stain the wooden part of the exterior of the house and the deck.

I'm also thinking about getting a new front door. I need a new storm door, but I'd like to also get a new entry door. I don't have to worry much about weather damage because there's a porch protecting it, but the tip about the fiberglass sounds interesting.

Luckily my husband and I have both done our own home repairs so we don't have to worry about labor costs.
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PostSubject: Re: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 12:50 pm

ohsherrie wrote:
I'm getting ready to put new tile in my kitchen, back entry, and hall. Then we need to stain the wooden part of the exterior of the house and the deck.

I'm also thinking about getting a new front door. I need a new storm door, but I'd like to also get a new entry door. I don't have to worry much about weather damage because there's a porch protecting it, but the tip about the fiberglass sounds interesting.

Luckily my husband and I have both done our own home repairs so we don't have to worry about labor costs.

Even though it won't be exposed directly to rain/snow/ice, it will still suffer the effects of humidity in the air, both hot and cold. Many fiberglass doors also come with a woodgrain look (and different colors) if you are partial to the wood look.

As for tile in high traffic areas, always stick with porcelain. The color goes all the way through the tile, so they hold up better to wear and chipping. Ceramic is fine for a bathroom.

Told ya we did the whole house! Laughing

Debbie
And, yes, the electric drill, sander, and saw are mine, not my husband's! What a Face
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PostSubject: Re: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 1:04 pm

I'm actually looking at the some laminate flooring rather than actual tile. The word tile just seems to be a catchall for anything that isn't wood or carpet.
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PostSubject: Re: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:01 pm

3 grand for a door?
That's a load and heap of bull sheet if ya ask me Sir.


ohsherrie I don't know if this would suit you for your needs but we
have this in the kitchen and living room, Hubby Bub put it in just before
Christmas and so far it's fantastic for us.


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PostSubject: Re: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:11 pm

ohsherrie wrote:
I'm actually looking at the some laminate flooring rather than actual tile. The word tile just seems to be a catchall for anything that isn't wood or carpet.

The wood laminate rocks Sherrie! The only thing with my wood laminate is that you don't want to leave an excess amount of water on it for a long period of time (since it will bubble up.) Other than that, it's great!
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PostSubject: Re: OT: Home Improvement   Fri Apr 11, 2008 3:31 pm

We placed a big area rug at the front door where the flooring would get
wet from muddy boots and such.
I probably should have mentioned that huh?
Thanks for reminding me greg.
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