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Earl
What Would You Do
Earl

In place of double garage door opening, I have two sets of inward swinging Peach Tree “steel” French doors; standing in front of said doors which were installed in 1987, the left side is pinned while the right side opens. In terms of condition, both doors sets are in excellent condition and appear to sit square within their frame. However, the center mullion on one door set is somewhat rotted close to its bottom -- this is, moving upwards from the door threshold. I would like to have the mullion fixed, thresholds on both doors replaced, new weather seals installed on the bottom of each door, and outside trim around said doors repaired or replaced. And, no, I’m not interested in purchasing new doors as with the exception of the work mentioned above, existing doors are double-paned, stand square as earlier mentioned, and are somewhat proficient in terms of energy loss.

My problems are two-fold: (1) Should I have someone remove both sets of doors from existing framing, and reinstall as a new install or simply have them do the patch-work as explained above? What's your guess as to costs concerning the former? (2) Most companies I've contacted voice that Peach Tree is out of business, there would be a parts obtainment problem, and that I should invest in new door; seemingly, skilled craftsmen-ship has fallen by the way side. Also, If anyone has knowledge of a company in the Washington D.C. area that takes on such work, please provide information
Regards

Earl

HoustonRemodeler
Re: What Would You Do
HoustonRemodeler

Good door / window repair people are as easy to find as parking in DC.

Go to a reputable window supply house at a time when they are slow such as lunchtime on wednesday, a rainy afternoon, and ask for recommendations.

dj1
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dj1

Your idea to rebuild a rather excellent door is not a bad idea, however, if you depend on a craftsman to come in and do what you want, then you could be just dreaming. If you can't do it yourself, then don't do it. And even if you could do it yourself, you will run into part shortages, as explained to you by some of the door companies.

Besides, labor cost is so high these days, so high that it makes more sense to buy new. Even if you do it yourself, your time is worth something.

If you decide to tackle it anyway, please report your progress, we'd love to see it in pics.

Earl
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Earl

While I well understand your logic concerning the costs of getting done that which I desire to do, these pictures would probably convince you why I must give it a try.

Mastercarpentry
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Mastercarpentry

Like Houston says- anything is possible with enough of your money and his time :cool: I've done some restoration work in similar situations to yours including crafting a solid oak threshold from rough-cut lumber and creating a new astragal to replace the rotted one. For what the guy I was working for at the time charged them you could have bought and set 2 similar new french doors. But we had to keep the originality so we did.

Unless you find the right person to tackle this, you'll be a lot better off in time and money just replacing the unit but it's your money and your call.

Phil

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