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Old 02-10-2010, 10:22 AM   #1
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Seems like a great deal, but it really isn't. I started hanging the darn thing, had a few nails totally sunk to the point that pulling them out would have caused more damage than it was worth, and i noticed on one side, the top part of the jamb wasn't sitting completely down on the side jamb when they stapled it. Not to mention the jamb was made of MDF Guess there's a reason they're 44 dollars, right? Now I have a little 1/4" gap on the top of the latch side of the door. The next door I bought, I got it at ace. The jambs were solid wood, everything was flush, nice and straight. I paid 75 dollars for the door, but it was well worth it. It looks a lot nicer than the other one.
Chalk 1 more up for "you get what you pay for"

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I'm sick of people telling me that MDF is a "green" material because it re-uses waste wood fiber. I call b.s.
To the contrary, it creates disposable products that need replacing three or four times in the lifespan of one solid wood product.

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$44... I would say you got lots less than what you paid for
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I'm sick of people telling me that MDF is a "green" material because it re-uses waste wood fiber. I call b.s.
To the contrary, it creates disposable products that need replacing three or four times in the lifespan of one solid wood product.
MDF is good for making speaker boxes. Thats about it.
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Almost always true. Many times I see DIY posters who attack the advice offered when a professional suggests staying away from the big box stores for many items. We are sometimes accussed of being DIY haters, afraid of helping a HO because we fear losing work; or trying to steer people to deal with higher priced suppliers. But it is just that when you deal with various products and posible sources of supply on a daily basis, you learn where the toads are. Every one of us in this business would love to pay rock bottom prices for everything we use, but have learned the hard way that there is always a reason for rock bottom costs. All products from the big box stores are not garbage, and all from "professional" suppliers are not great.
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$44... I would say you got lots less than what you paid for
Speaking of getting less than you paid for....... I was trying to finish a job on a Sunday afternoon and needed to case one door. so I went over to HD to get some oak casing. They offered a contractor pack, enough to case several doors. The trim was wrapped in that plastic tape in a big bundle.

Not even paying attention I grabbed one to save a few bucks. When I got back to the job an opened up the bundle, I almost got hit in the face with one of the boards. They wrapped a bunch of warped and twisted trim in to a neat little package and labeled it Contractor pack. .

I guess HD and I will agree to dis agree on what Contractor means.

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MDF is good for making speaker boxes. Thats about it.
Its also good for any outdoor application. Its nearly impervious to water damage as long as you dont get any water on it or anywhere near it
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I hate MDF
I watch some of the shows on TV - the quick fix/get it sold /redecorate for $1k/$2k etc etc
They used MDF for a TV stand & there wasn't any support under where the TV was sitting
How long before that sags ?

I've started going to the local paint store since reading the reviews on Behr
Always thought I was a lousy painter
Bad thing is I have lots of Behr to use up...I can't throw it out

A PO replaced all the old solid wood doors with cheap hollow doors
I can't stand them...bathroom & closet door are cut too short
Bathroom door so much so that there isn't a bottom on it
Closet door I stripped the layers of paint off the trim & repainted
It doesn't stick any more....but I need to wait until its humid in the summer as a final test

I wish I had a decent lumber store around here
The closest one is not really interested in DIY, they are setup for commercial accounts
I went to them for my LVLs to verify sizing
They couldn't figure it out
I've been in a few times & they have been useless each time

I drove to a lumber store about 30 minutes away & they did the work
I've bought all my LVL's there, 2 loads of lumber & some other stuff
I spend time going thru the HD lumber to find the decent stuff
Ticks me off to do it...but a lot of times the hour round trip to the other place doesn't work
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just a quick question for you pros, what type of wood/ material is best for a painted finish that can withstand humidy changes with the least amount of shrinking expansion. i just did 3 interior doors made of mdf because i thought being there is no wood grain to warp twist etc it would stay true , and thought it was easier to get a painted finish. I can always upgrade the doors later though so no big deal,, also i finished my bathroom and used a drywall detail for the base because i know it wont shrink twist with the moisture ,,, im in construction and see all kinds of woods being used and was just wondering what works best for twisting shrinking etc. i have never seen a baseboard in any bathroom that didnt look like crap years later.
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i have never seen a baseboard in any bathroom that didnt look like crap years later.
I try not to use wood base trim in a bath.
Tile floors with matching tile base.
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I try not to use wood base trim in a bath.
Tile floors with matching tile base.
I prefer wood baseboards over cove base. But I can see what youre saying about using matching tile as a kind of baseboard
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...make sure the base is sealed six sides with good primer...it should hold out fine...mine does.
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a "green" material
Have you seen those glued scrap wide planks at Lowes? I guess they are made from 50-100 pieces of small scrap. At first I thought, wow, what a great price for shelving or furniture. I need to build a window seat, and a nice wide bench from a single piece would be nice, but expensive. As long as I painted it, nobody would know it wasn't solid wood.

Then I saw some of the boards were broken, and they were broken along the glue line. And I realized, what a pile of crap.

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