On Tuesday, May 6, 2014 2:32:45 AM UTC-4, Julie Bove wrote:
It's not like Lowes is the only place that sells doors. Just
for the hell of it I looked at their closest competitor, you probably
have one right down the street from your Lowes: Home Depot
On the HD website they not only have a category for front wood
doors, they have 323 products in that category. As others have
said, local lumber companies will have boat loads of wood entry
doors they will sell you. Many you'll have to order, but you
can surely get virtually anything you want and are willing to
No. I know this. It's just the closest place to my house, unless Dunn
Lumber sells doors. I should go in there one day and see what they do sell.
Dunn would be the closest place and then Lowes. Then probably Ace but I'm
not sure if they have doors. At any rate, the repair people I have hired
generally go to Dunn or Lowes due to their proximity.
Okay. I wasn't actually looking for a wood door, was just curious as to how
common they were now. When I sold building materials, we only sold wood
doors. But aside from the house where my mom is moving out of and a few
older places where I lived, I only ever had steel doors. So I figured that
steel was more common now.
| I know I can paint it. I just want a new one. The idiots that owned this
| house did all sorts of wrong things, including starting to drill a hole
| (perhaps for a peep hole) in this door.
I guess that's the biggest problem with steel doors.
They seal well, and they look OK when painted, but
they can't be worked. If you had a wood door already
then you wouldn't need a new one. You could just
patch the holes.
| I also don't want a wood door. I just don't think they're as widely
| available as they once were. This person laughed when I said Lowes
| carry them. She didn't believe me.
You don't want a wood door but were just curious
whether you could get them? :) Lowes and HD can
order wood doors, just like normal lumber yards. They
have catalogs. (I was looking into bifolds recently and
found they had catalogs for some very expensive options.)
They just can't fit all that stuff on the
floor. They also don't generally market to high-end
or architects. The high-end fashion tends to be things
like solid mahogany doors or high quality painted wood
doors. The working class fashion tends to be things like
fiberglas doors with fake "exotic wood" grain and over-the
-top junky etched glass panels. The average DIY, landlord,
or low-end contractor who wants to replace a front door
is likely to want one of those gaudy numbers with the
etched-and-beveled glass sidelights and fake wood grain,
so that's what's in stock.
(I always find that kind of intriguing: The poor
always want to buy gaudy, gold-encrusted tokens of
royalty, while the rich try to show off by buying subtlety
and official "authenticity" from "exclusive" dealers. Working
class people buy crappy particle board dressers with
garish gold pulls, yuppies buy the same thing but with
"rosewood" veneer that's actually plastic laminate, and
no pulls. While the *real* sophisticates -- the Deconstructionist
architects -- want polyurethaned MDF because it's
"honest". They want to show off that they've conceptually
transcended fashion. :)
I do stand corrected on this. When I looked again, Lowes does have a couple
of cheap wood doors listed but there is no category for wood exterior doors.
All of our dressers are wood although mine has a veneer. My dad bought it
for me when I was a baby. He bought it used from a hotel that was selling
their old stuff. It was purported to be 30 years old when he got it. I'll
be 55 next month. The veneer is chipping off in some places though. I have
two other wood ones that were purchased used on Cape Cod. Some guy just
outside of the military base sells old furniture that he has refinished.
Daughter is the only one who got new furniture. Buttercream colored sleigh
bed and small chest of drawers. Of course she picked the most expensive
things in the shop. My parents bought these for her and they let her do it.
She was 4. Now of course she wants something else. I knew this would
happen. I did the same thing. But my White French Provincial stuff had
been kept in such good shape that I managed to sell several pieces for the
price that was paid years prior for the whole set. So win win there.
We're not rich and we're not poor. I do love fancy stuff but I don't
usually buy it. I do like quality though and this house is not quality.
Used to be that Zillow.com listed a number for quality of construction with
10 being the best. This house was a 4. I did look up various things at
Lowes and Home Depot. When this house was built and remodeled, they put in
the lowest priced things throughout. And it shows. :(
So... We are slowly redoing what we can when we can afford to do it.
I don't think 100 dollars is really high-end for wood sliding closet
doors, but HD couldn't even sell those. They marked the price down to
20 dollars a set, and I bought one. Two years and I haven't opened the
box since before I bought it. :-) But it's on my list of things to
| I do stand corrected on this. When I looked again, Lowes does have a
| of cheap wood doors listed but there is no category for wood exterior
You didn't distinguish between slabs and prehung.
They may not have prehung, but any 1 3/4 slab should
be exterior grade. They have those on the shelf. It
sounds like that's what Vic Smith bought.
| I don't think 100 dollars is really high-end for wood sliding closet
| doors, but HD couldn't even sell those. They marked the price down to
| 20 dollars a set, and I bought one. Two years and I haven't opened the
| box since before I bought it. :-)
I know that feeling. Things one can't afford not
to buy, even if they're useless. At some point the
price itself seems like a great bargain. :)
I remember one day being
in Zayre's (a cheap dept store, now extinct) when
3rd brake lights came into fashion. They were selling
them cheap for retrofitting old cars. A man behind
me in line was holding 5 of them (the limit per customer)
and was so delighted with the deal that he couldn't
resist sharing his enthusiasm with me. What a deal!
I asked with surprise if he actually had 5 cars to put
the lights in. His face went blank.
Yeah. I know people who do stuff like that all the time!
I realize that hand held hair dryers have been around for some time. I saw
an episode of Leave it to Beaver where Beaver was using one but... They
didn't become popular until the 70's and then they were pretty expensive.
Somewhere along the line, the price dropped to around $5 and now they have
since gone up in price again as they changed the features to them although
you can still get cheap ones. Anyway... When they were cheap, my dad
couldn't believe the deal he got so he bought tons. He was giving them away
to anyone and everyone that stopped by the house. Finally my friend (after
being offered one umpteen times) told my dad that anyone could buy them for
that price. And that was the end of that!
I am also reminded of countless couponers who get things for cheap or free
just because they can. One the one episode of Extreme Couponing, the teen
boy gets sanitary napkins announcing that he doesn't know what they are but
it doesn't matter because they are free!
Yeah, but it's good for the rest of us to know why your imprression is
so far off from Vic's, for example. And Mayayana explained it.
If this were an english usage group, I'd comment on the phrase "prehung
door". It sounds like it's about the door, but the difference is really
the door frame. Practical people like most of those here might not
care about that, but some of the English usage folk find that sort of
thing very interesting.
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