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I've got two doors I bought at a salvage store last weekend. It's stained a color I don't want, so I'm using an orbital sander to sand out the old stain. First the 60-grit, then the 120-grit. No problem so far, it's working like a charm. However, the door has some tighter spaces that the orbital sander won't fit into. This is one of those mouse sanders where you can change the sanding surface to something different. Mine has a diamond-shaped surface that's small, but not quite small enough to fit in the paneled space. I'm not worried about the swirly pattern in the middle, I'm more trying to sand the rectangular panel edges.
It took a bit of effort with the orbital sander to get the main parts of the door sanded down, so I imagine that taking a piece of sandpaper and sanding the tight areas by hand will take forever. Anyone have any tips on how to get those smaller spaces?
This post was edited by wcterp 13 months ago
You mean like a Dremel? That might work. I think my in-laws have one.
Would a liquid stripper be of any assistance?
She could relax him if he gets frustrated.
Upvote for you Sir!
On a more serious note, I have a dremel and it has a sandpaper "wheel" attachment. Its like 50 little sandpaper pieces all attached to a center spindle that "slap" at the wood (if you can picture that) when in use. That sort of attachment would work well, just be sure to keep it moving and sand it uniformly so you don't gouge.
This post was edited by umuc81 13 months ago
I think you may be stuck with the finish in the carving, it will be very tough to remove with mechanical means, a chemical stripper is the best option.
On the panels coming up to the flat part, is it smooth like image 1 or hipped like image 2?
Image 1 - be very careful as the panel is a bladder press veneer and potentially very thin especially at the angle between the flat and the scoop on the panel
Image 2 - the panel is solid and more forgiving to aggressive finish removal, you may be able to use a detail sander but definitely start with 120 grit to see how tough the finish is
note to all for future projects - NEVER strip the finish on a fiberglass door with sandpaper, must use chemical stripper from HD or Lowes and scotch brite pads
Sanding "sponges" might be better for those panel parts than regular sandpaper.
We have a bunch of settlement/water damage around our front door, and need a new one. How much should materials + installation be for something like this? (Door + side panel + framing work or whatever.)
It's a day's work for a carpenter and helper. figure 8 hours @ $75
materials: door and side light- all depends on quality of materials, figure $500.00 for a decent quality door (range is 250-750)
exterior trim- assume brick molding, about $50.
interior trim- assume 2 1/2" clamshell, about $30
Thanks. My first quote was like 3 times that much, which seemed high.
And is there anybody anyone would recommend that I could get a quote from for to do a new front door system? I'm in Columbia - just want good work at a competitive price.
This post has been edited 2 times, most recently by UMTerp 13 months ago
S&K Remodeling seems to enjoy a decent reputation in Columbia
FULL DISCLOSURE - they do buy from one of my customers
Of course Allied in North Point is also a customer although that quote is from a competitor
PM me if you'd like to discuss
I would add to this that if you are going to hire someone to do the work don't get over anxious and order the door yourself. Let your carpenter do the measuring. That way if there's a mistake it's on him.
Also, Noah is all over it as usual. A liquid stripper is the way to go with a detail sander as the next best option. I would stay away from trying to use a Dremel. They are great for some projects but you'll never be able to keep the kind of steady hand this job would require.
This post was edited by Dean Wormer 13 months ago
good advice Dean
UM, after thinking about it, should probably use $100/hour for carpenter and helper, add $100 for new door hardware, and another 20% overall for overhead and profit for the contractor.
installation is pretty easy for a prehung exterior door.
done easily in a day, and that includes taking out the old one.
When I google S&K Remodeling, it appears they're located in Spotsylvania - is that the same company you're talking about? That's fairly far from Howard County...
I think it might be S&J.
This is my guy:
Nelson at http://peakcarpentryllc.com/
This post was edited by RandomTerp 13 months ago
Here it is, sorry for the detour
Roofing, siding, replacement windows, doors, decks and gutter contractors in Maryland and Virginia. Contact S&K Roofing, Siding and Windows at 866-836-ROOF.
Expected the question to be:
Does everybody know what time it is?
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