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Old 03-23-2011, 03:18 PM   #16
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One question to always ask the sales people, no matter which store you are looking at storm doors, storm windows, patio doors, french doors, casement windows, or storm windows: IF I have a problem, say five years from now, where do I look to find the manufacturers name and the model number of this unit? I have not found a manufacturer yet who does this. I do "Household HandyMan" type work and this is a pet peeve of mine to identify a door or window to obtain repair parts. I'm working on a sliding casement window now that needs new rollers on the bottom. NO I.D. and I cannot find the parts at any of the places here that sell windows. I've actually been told that they have never seen solid brass rollers and pins in this application. But they are.

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I got the $99 installation from Lowe's because it includes free delivery, and I don't own a truck.
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Old 03-23-2011, 06:30 PM   #18
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Thurman - You have a good point, the ID info is normally a sticker that falls off after a few years and then you left with no ID on a window that will last 20 - 30 years. I think the problem is that we buy these windows based on cost and it is much cheaper to put a sticker on than engrave the ID on it.
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Well I have done it. Storm door is installed. It was not easy. I can see why it is suggested to pay for the installation. However I would not have the sense of accomplishment that I do now. Larson made a good door but the instructions are lacking in several places. And I was forced to make some minor modifications to the door jam which meant I got to buy a new tool. A neat little dremel. I also started the project with a massive hangover so I was not 100% from the start. I am happy I did it myself.
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One question to always ask the sales people, no matter which store you are looking at storm doors, storm windows, patio doors, french doors, casement windows, or storm windows: IF I have a problem, say five years from now, where do I look to find the manufacturers name and the model number of this unit? I have not found a manufacturer yet who does this. I do "Household HandyMan" type work and this is a pet peeve of mine to identify a door or window to obtain repair parts. I'm working on a sliding casement window now that needs new rollers on the bottom. NO I.D. and I cannot find the parts at any of the places here that sell windows. I've actually been told that they have never seen solid brass rollers and pins in this application. But they are.
Whats a sliding casement?? Most sliders that I've seen have brass rollers, and are similar if not the exact same product... Maybe I misunderstood you though? ...Most hardware for windows, etc is made by just a few companies. Truth is one of the larger ones. If you just google it, most of these hardware companies actually have online catalogs... Hope that helps.
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Well I have done it. Storm door is installed. It was not easy. I can see why it is suggested to pay for the installation. However I would not have the sense of accomplishment that I do now. Larson made a good door but the instructions are lacking in several places. And I was forced to make some minor modifications to the door jam which meant I got to buy a new tool. A neat little dremel. I also started the project with a massive hangover so I was not 100% from the start. I am happy I did it myself.
Most construction professionals also start the day with a massive hangover, so you were right on track!
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I recently installed the Anderson Door from Home Depot. It's strong and closes well. I would highly recommend it. Easy to install once you think twice and remove the glass first...duh.
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Most construction professionals also start the day with a massive hangover, so you were right on track!
Well I wouldn't call myself a construction professional but I am a pro at hangovers.
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I really thought that I saw a reply from someone that stated something about some sort of warranty on the hardware of the door that allowed a person to get new hardware every couple of years. Am I dreaming or did someone mention this? If so, what brand was it?

I am leaning toward going with the Pella door from Lowes over the Larson because Lowes is offering a 10% discount this weekend. Is this savings worth it for Pella over Larson in your opinion? Also Pella offers the door hardware color that I want. With Larson I have to special order the color I want. Thus additional cost. Thanks!
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Here's my .02, a little late since it sounds like the door is already in . I installed one similar to the picture at the beginning. I think it was a Larson from lowes. The installation and door quality were not a problem.
The issue I have with the door is with the all one piece glass and screen panels. They are kind of a pain to swap out but not bad with a little practice. When the glass is in the door is pretty much air tight and the screen moves a lot of air.
The biggest gripe I have is with the full screen panel in place. The door has dual closers and they work with some real "authority" with just the screen in, even on the lowest setting. If you open the door and then attempt to walk through it without hanging onto the handle, it tries to close quickly behind you. This usually results in an elbow or hip stuck through the screen since there isn't anything solid out in the center of the door. Our door doesn't get a lot of traffic but it's something to consider when deciding on the door style. I like the benefit of the full panels but it would be nice to have some type of push bar to save the screen.

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