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01-10-2010 09:12 PM

I am replacing the inside trim in my house. Both the base board and door. I had not planned on replacing the doors themselves. Should I? It’s all over 20 years old.

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#1 posted 01-10-2010 09:17 PM

Mine are only about 100 years old, not time to replace yet. LOL

-- Carpenter assembles with hands, Designer builds with brains, Artist creates with heart!

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#2 posted 01-10-2010 09:33 PM

It all depends on what “The Boss” says. After 33 years I leave the design up to my wife and simply stick to “engineering”. If she says replace it I just say “Yes, dear”. :)

But now would be a good time to do so if you are planning on it. I have a house that I am in the middle of replacing the trim and flooring right now and we are “discussing” replacing the doors since they are hollow core and I prefer solid doors. But I will simply do as the boss says.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 01-10-2010 09:41 PM

I’m doing the same. I’ve upgraded my trim from a plane pattern K 2 1/4” casing to a fancier 3 3/8” trim. The similar plane 3 1/4’ base is now a much nicer 5 1/2” ogee toped style. My crown is 7 3/4” wid,e not the small Lowes or HD types available. And I’m changing my plane hollow core doors for a solid wood 6 panel look with an oiled finish. All trim is painted.

Up grading to a better look is always a great idea if the pocket book can afford. Except as Papadan sez, you have old period quality doors.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 10:43 PM

The doors are your basic cheap hollow core. I do not want to put to much money into it because we are planning to move in a copy of years but I would like it to look nice. Hey papadan, I’ll trade you.

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#5 posted 01-10-2010 11:31 PM

If the doors are in good shape leave’em. Especially if the trim goes good with them. as long as they keep the wind and temperature outside where they belong.

-- Build Better.

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#6 posted 01-11-2010 12:16 AM

Even hollow core doors of 20 years ago are way better than what’s offered today. During the 25 years I did finish carpentry and cabinets there was a steady fall in material quality. I quit carpentry after an injury in 2000 that left me with one gimpy arm. Looking at stock in lumber yards since then has made me somewhat glad to be away from the trade, the quality of materials has taken an even more rapid decline since I quit. Keep your doors, they’re better than even the best ones available today.

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#7 posted 01-11-2010 03:28 PM

I replaced all my hollow core doors with 6 panel solid wood doors, but I’m not planning on moving any time soon. I don’t know if I would spend big $$ on new doors if I was planning on moving soon.

-- Mark,

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