Louver Door Repair #5: Fixed the Door

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Blog entry by SquintyPolock posted 05-30-2013 12:23 PM 2316 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finished the door by opening the joint between the top rail and stile. I inserted the new louvers and clamped everything back together. I inserted 3” wood screws through the stile into the top rail and the mid rail and used some filler to hide the screws. A little more flat paint, and the repairs are seemless. Repair took about 15 minutes.

Total Labor : 1.25 hours @ $32/ hr = $40.
Total Mat’l: Scrap poplar, paint, 10% mark up = $3.30
Total cost to client = $43.30

If she would have bought a new bi-fold @ HD, it would be about $100, so the repair was certainly more economical.

Incidentally, the entire project bill was over $1000 which included electrical work, painting, microwave installation, furniture moving, and some other miscellaneous work. I always include the cost of gas, travel time, shopping time, equipment wear & tear, paperwork time, etc. It’s important to include all your overhead costs or the job isn’t worth it. The job is never worth it, but I do it because I enjoy it. It doesn’t hurt having a fine woman as a client, either.

Thanks for reading my first blog ever; I guess I have officially entered the world of social media. J-

-- It's all in a day's work...

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#1 posted 05-30-2013 04:18 PM

Nice economical way of repair. Something that reuse or recycle will provide lot of savings. A very good start in posting this series. You should have posted this door as project as it is already finished.. keep it going.

-- Bert

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#2 posted 06-03-2013 05:05 AM

That looks really sharp! I’d say she got a deal.

-- Robb

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