Next on the home fix up list was a front door and sidelight panel that showed the effects of 20 years worth of Phoenix sun and heat. The wood was cracking and whatever finish had originally been put on the door had mostly vanished. It had to be replaced or fixed. Again, calls to various folks ended with a cost of almost $3,000 to replace the door and side panel, or $2,600 to refinish what was already there.
Guess who said, I can do that for less than $400, including new hardware? If you guessed wonder woman Betty, you are right. Four days of sanding, using wood putty, more sanding, painting, more painting, installing new hardware, and rehanging the door ended up costing just over $300. And the front door area is finished and looks better than whatever the professionals would have done.
Just so you don't think I'm a total loser, I did take the door off the hinges every day and help carry it to and from the backyard. I also did some of the sanding and managed to install the new hardware on the door, right-side up and lockable. But, my efforts were minimal compared to the human dynamo.
|The finished job...Notice a house in Scottsdale that is not stucco and has a front porch..very rare!|
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