Herb C

03:54PM | 02/07/04
Member Since: 10/25/03
26 lifetime posts
I know these home improvement stores need to make their money I'm not trying to tackle their hustle... but really, I wanted to buy a front door with a glass oval in the middle for my home. Can anyone please tell me, is this going to be a hard job???? It just seems so simple but those simple jobs can turn into disaster. I need to know before I fork over this $330 for the door and $200 for the insulation.


03:26AM | 02/08/04
Member Since: 05/19/03
457 lifetime posts
Do they have to reframe,or just unscrew old door and put the new one in it's place?


01:20PM | 02/15/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
1284 lifetime posts
That is the minimum it is worth, depending on conditions, but I wouldn't trust a big box store to do installations. They farm it out to the cheapest bidders on the block.

lot's of ways you can screw up a door install. lots of skill but looks easy when it isn't.


03:53PM | 02/15/04
Member Since: 06/06/03
1250 lifetime posts
Hi Herb,

Piffin may well be correct. Especially if it's a heavy wooden door. A door pro can make these look easy to put in--but DON'T BE FOOLED. There is definitely an art to it; usually not a DIY task.

I also agree that the job should go to a door pro, not a handyman or jack-of-all trades. (Although I'm sure SOME of those guys might do enough doors to know how to do it right.)

Personally (NO I'm NOT A DOOR INSTALLER ) I have struggled with some storm door installs; they came out pretty good--but even these can be surprisingly frustrating & time consuming.

If it's a pre-hung steel door maybe you can get off cheaper, but for a heavy oak door or something like that, call in a pro!



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