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Old 02-12-2011, 09:42 AM   #1
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Hello, my name is Jeff Alger.
I'm taking a Master's class in Instructional Design at Boise State University. My group's project is to develop training that teaches people how to strip the wood trim inside their house and ready it for refinishing (I'm not kidding, that's our actual project!). The first step we have to do is find out why people don't refinish their own interior trim. So, we developed a survey to find out. Can I ask the DIYers on this board to take a couple minutes and answer the following questions? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

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Jeff

Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing?


If so, where did you learn how to do it?


Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before?

If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself?

If not, what would you say the biggest barrier to doing it yourself was?

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Old 02-12-2011, 01:10 PM   #2
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Refinishing trim in place usually ruins the paint on the walls--adding a new paint job to the work.

Most trims cost $1.00 to $2.00 per foot to replace--(plus labor to install) Stripping would cost that much or more---Just cheaper and faster to replace the trims.

If the trims are irreplaceable antiques--Then stripping is justified---a jell stripper and mesh is the preferred method used by pro strippers--Very pricey.---Mike---

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Hello, my name is Jeff Alger.
I'm taking a Master's class in Instructional Design at Boise State University. My group's project is to develop training that teaches people how to strip the wood trim inside their house and ready it for refinishing (I'm not kidding, that's our actual project!). The first step we have to do is find out why people don't refinish their own interior trim. So, we developed a survey to find out. Can I ask the DIYers on this board to take a couple minutes and answer the following questions? Any help you can give would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
Jeff

Do you know how to prepare wood trim for refinishing?


If so, where did you learn how to do it?


Have you ever refinished wood trim or furniture before?

If you wanted to refinish the trim in your house, would you consider doing it yourself?

If not, what would you say the biggest barrier to doing it yourself was?
Stripping trim is a limited use project as Mike mentioned. The only time I'd bother would be because it was architectually worth while. Stripping a 1938, oak trimmed house would be a worth while project. Very, very costly to hire out, but worth while if you're doing it yourself.
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Does your training include the lead abatement info?
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