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Storm door rant....
« on: January 04, 2015, 06:05:47 PM »
Really? I need two new storm doors on my farm ranch house. Okay.... So go to a big box store to do a little research...pricing.... Do you know that a solid core, aluminum door with glass window and retractable sceen.... That won't blow away in the winter winds... Costs $299? EACH. And that's not E glass, or fancy custom color or with tax. Dang it! That's $600 dollars I could use towards my chipper or mulcher, post hole auger.... Rant rant! I had no idea them things were so expensive! .....sigh.... thank you for letting me share.....!
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Re: Storm door rant....
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2015, 06:12:10 PM »
My power steering went out on my backhoe 3 weeks ago and cost me $636.00 to get it fixed.
Thats $636.00 I could have spent on a new screen door from a big box store.  :D :D :D
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2015, 06:18:02 PM »
@POSTONLT40HD ! So funny you are!  Chuckle chuckle....
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2015, 06:21:15 PM »
 ;D
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Re: Storm door rant....
« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2015, 06:48:46 PM »
That's why I get all my doors off CL or the Habitat Re-Stores. ;)
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« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2015, 07:34:38 PM »
Nah he's not being funny, he'd of only paid $300 for it  :)

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« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2015, 07:40:24 PM »
Poston's like that. If you ignore him, he won't go away :D.
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« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2015, 08:05:18 PM »
Yup, spent all those $$$ on a fancy Pella storm door with the full length glass and screen and then on it's first day of life in its new home the Pug runs clean through the screen  Sigh.....  I should have spent the money on diesel and hydraulic oil  ;D :)
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« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2015, 08:11:33 PM »
I remember when I was a kid they just started putting them aluminum storm doors on the houses . Threw away the old wooden storm doors that had been on the old houses for eons.  then in less than ten years the aluminum ones were bent broke trashed beyond repair.
they started putting the "insulated " storm doors on  and in ten or less years the panels started puffing up and" white rust " would push out and the doors were trash . 
the last of the old wooden storm doors were still hanging in there .

Build a wooden storm door  that will last and cost a forth of the cheap aluminum doors
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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2015, 12:05:14 AM »
@Corley5 , I am so with you!  Just add blacksmith coal to that list! 😜
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« Reply #10 on: January 05, 2015, 12:09:09 AM »
Gosh, @clww you totally nailed me. I was at a clearance store today looking at two Pella doors! Custom returns.... Cheap, I don't mind a few scratches. But I'm in Florida right now, over 1,000 miles away....lol!
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« Reply #11 on: January 05, 2015, 12:13:19 AM »
@Don_Papenburg , a wooden storm door? There's a thought. Wouldn't they swell and get stuck? Why don't they make wood ones anymore? Termites?
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Re: Storm door rant....
« Reply #12 on: January 05, 2015, 05:26:50 AM »
@Don_Papenburg , a wooden storm door? There's a thought. Wouldn't they swell and get stuck? Why don't they make wood ones anymore? Termites?
The thing is, around here, the storm door would swell in the summer humidity and shrink in the winter........ You only need the storm door in the winter, really. Make a separate wooden screen for summer. When it swells the first few times, take a plane to it. You can build a lot of wooden doors for $600.......
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« Reply #13 on: January 05, 2015, 06:01:27 AM »
Forty years of being a carpenter I've installed,repaired,and replaced a lot of storm doors.Wooden combo doors are nice and expensive $300.00 with hardware and fussy to install.A good Larsen door(aluminum) about the same with a good sedative to understand the instructions and install.Paint helps to reduce seasonal movement,dogs require hardware cloth on the lower portion to keep things from being demolished and the wind will occasionally rip the door right off the hinges.oh,yeah storm doors are fun!
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« Reply #14 on: January 05, 2015, 08:20:14 AM »
Some people build a sliding wood storm door around here because of the wind.

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« Reply #15 on: January 05, 2015, 10:00:43 AM »
@47sawdust lol!!!! I'm thinking solid panel kick plate, and beefed up latches, strike plate... Screen option only for the top. I'm replacing two doors... Aluminum or painted metal. They are the flimsy kind... Buckled by the wind and who knows what else. Wood sounds really nice, really nice. What kinda wood would you use to build a storm door? Seal it with Thompsons or Spar varnish?
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« Reply #16 on: January 05, 2015, 10:05:51 AM »
I'd use cedar or cypress depending on which state your making it in..... Teak if you've got money...... clear deck sealer would work good.
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« Reply #17 on: January 05, 2015, 06:22:15 PM »
I seal mine with unwaxed shellac ,That way I only have to clean the door and reshellac it .About every two or three years.

Realy , astorm door built proper will not swell any more than your regular door.Put enough taper on the strike side and a small taper on the hinge side .  I use regular locksets on mine and good ball bearing hinges.
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« Reply #18 on: January 05, 2015, 11:18:42 PM »
My parents house (built in the '50's) had wooden storm doors. They weren't fancy -- wooden frame constructed similar to a cabinet door, bottom half was a solid panel, top half had a removable window that could be replaced with a screen.

They had to be repainted every few years and eventually my folks replaced them with aluminum. Everyone eventually agreed that was a mistake.
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« Reply #19 on: January 06, 2015, 07:25:27 AM »
Having a WM I make all my storm doors. ;D
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