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Internal Doors Fitted - Rough?

Discussion in 'Windows and Doors' started by lozinger99, 7 Apr 2021.

  1. lozinger99

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    Morning all ,

    Any advice/feedback gratefully received!

    Builder fitted 3 x internal doors ….

    So chap coming back to finish them today and I’m guessing he’ll say – well the frames were wonky… but even with my limited DIY skills – I managed to fit one before, admittedly it took me ages and was a massive faff and took a lot of planing and refitting, planing and refitting, but I really didn’t know what I was doing – but… it now fits dead on to a tricky frame and looks good, so obviously the lure of somebody doing them all quickly and who would do them right was very enticing….

    As you can see the but this this one in partic is a prob, the gap and the way it doesn’t follow he line of laminate – I think he’s got a circular saw to it with a straight cut to the top, which has left the top rail visibly wonk, A 10 mm diff from right to left and in my eyes sort of robbed Peter to pay Paul by trimming the top now having a large gap at the bottom. Would it not have been better to plane the bottom incrementally? My wife wants a new door, can’t say I disagree, if so thats 120 quid down.

    Door linings seem pretty flimsy too. And some screws in wonky.

    Like I say on not saying I’m an artisan, wish I was, but personally Id step back and think – ok here’s the door, here’s the wonky frame, theres the line of tiles – ok so how can I best make this fit and look good – rather than than bosh - well I’ve fitted that door supplied into that frame – so it is what it is… I always think, would they have made more effort in their own house? I’m guessing yes.

    Am I expecting too much? Genuine question. I Paid 150 but id have paid 250 to get them done exactly to my requirements. Can’t help feeling they wanted to get ‘em done quick and the result was indeed fitted doors – but yknow, not really with the care id have done ‘em, even if I had lost the rest of my hair in the fitting!

    So far they’ve been great lads with the other work they’ve done for me but this is a real disappointment – can’t help feeling they’re rushing a bit now. :(

    What do you think?
     

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  3. Notch7

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    There's yer problem...right there.

    Fittings veneered oak doors to existing liners is tricky.

    Virtually every carpenter these days would do it with a festool track saw.


    I would say it's not terrible, but doesn't have the finess of a carpenter that does this all the time and has the skill.

    I say it's not terrible as I can't see awful breakout of the veneer, so that's a plus.
     
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    tbh there's no excuse for the angle of the top cut unless it's required to fit into an angled top section of the frame. If not required, that's shoddy. As are the screws into the hinge.
     
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    "Oh dear." and "Could do better"

    How long did it take him?

    ...and where did he hitch his horse?
     
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    I'm impressed what some people can do with a sharp axe and a blindfold. Obviously he's still on furlough from the circus.

    You should have run a 2p coin between the door and frame (edge ways not sideways) and if the gap is any bigger, give the clown the coin as payment.
     
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    Says it all really if you think you could do it better yourself!
    Its not professional.
     
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    Thanks chaps. At least I got a laugh from your comments :D. ....Yeah, I'll let you know how it goes with sorting them. The chap doing it is a canny lad in fairness, but as you've said I just don't think he's got the skills/insight if frame not plumb that a carpenter or specialist fitter would have for this particular job. (and its a 1930s house - so the frames are challenging for sure) However, generosity aside - that's now a problem for me! So just a case of now negotiating where we go from here.... ! Appreciate the feedback!
     
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    Yeah, I'd say even though the guy is maybe nice enough, if he offers to carry out remedial work on them or fit another set of new doors should you choose to replace them, politely decline the offer.
     
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    I'm no joiner, fitted new doors last year for the first time and my doors are much better than that.
     
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    I think we had his brother to do ours, I should have guessed when he tied his horse to the lamp post.
     
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    I've got plenty of experience in carpentry, but I don't like door fitting into existing liners.

    Like everything, it's easy once you've got a system.
     
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