Higgs Boson has left town; too embarrassed to admit he was yakking on about hollow core exterior side door --when it was ***solid core***
all the time!
I am carrying out HB instructions to post this horrible pic
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to illustrate how lower part of door has been ****
ed up by allowing watering nearby plants to hit the door over time.
So it's solid core now, and HB will have to eat the expen$e. And install solid core as most have recommended for ext door.
Helpful NG members have suggested going to a lumberyard or ??? where ??? to order new door rather than buy blank at Home Despot. Is that because "door professionals" will install window (and cat door) and hardware as ordered?
Would HD do the same? Cheaper? Quality?
Does some of this have to be done in situ -- like hardware, locks, etc.?