A while back I posted pictures of my side door, the lower part of
which had been ruined by my directing water spray at the adjoining
plantings. Here is the link to an updated pic, showing gunk that I
have scraped away.
I got a bid from a carpenter to replace the door. It is a solid-core
24", with a window and cat door cut in.
He quoted $58 for the door, and $300 for labor. I thought that was
high, as did my painter, who had recommended him. We talked. He
stood behind the price, which included installing knob and bolts,
cutting in the window, making an opening for the cat door, and hanging
the door. I would paint.
How does that price seem? This is an expensive area, but there are
lots of people out of work.
Part Two: Is this too crazy? What if I had the perfectly good door
cut off above the damaged area, and a replacement piece fastened,
glued, braced, whatever, onto the rest of the door? Yes, it would be
necessary to cut an opening for the cat door and fasten it in, no
biggie, and mount a new hinge. But wouldn't that save a bundle? No
need to hand a new door. No need to cut an opening and mount a