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Old 01-31-2018, 09:53 PM   #1
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I've peeked in here a few times over the years. I'm on way too many car forums, but Facebook is killing some of them, so I figured I'd join another forum.
I've mostly been in the door biz since 1986 when I got out of high school and went to work at a small prehung shop. I then went to a larger building supplier. After a while I decided to leave the warehouse and do my own thing. I started in Southeast Florida and then moved to the Denver area for 3 years where I did commercial doors, voice and data cabling and installed cameras on oil rigs. and now I'm here in Tennessee for the last 8 years.
The last 6 years I took a total departure from the door thing and I was a Geophysical Technician working at mines and environmental sites, but got sick and tired of the all the traveling and long days and crappy pay. Companies don't pay worth a crap around here so I decided to do my own thing, again. I'll mostly be lurking. Most of my experience is with CBS and stucco and everything here is wood frame and siding, so I need to learn some new things.
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:26 PM   #2
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interior or exterior ?, metal or wood ? wood covered in plastic ? Plastic hollow ? foam covered in metal, slab or full jamb, attaching to wood, concrete or metal? double french door or itty bitty door ? paint, stain, prep ?, install hardware, router, custom fit, peep hole or no peep hole? swinging saloon doors ? new construction or R&R?

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Fiberglass door with a PVC frame, installed into a tiny home on a Harbor Freight trailer.
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Welcome to CT RickP.
You have peeked in a few times haven't you?
Nice intro/thread title and beating everybody to the Tree F.....
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How many hours does it take to hang this particular door? What if everything goes right? What if everything goes wrong? How does that average out?

Best thing I have done was create a "Price book" for myself. Keep track of how much time something takes, and figure out your margin/markup? I also keep track of which suppliers have the best prices on things like Hollow Core doors. It's not perfect but helpful.

If I'm hanging one door. I will charge more than if I'm called to hang 6 because I'm factoring in my travel time, set up time, and clean up time.

Also we're not supposed to give away our prices on this site. It's a no no
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How many hours does it take to hang this particular door? What if everything goes right? What if everything goes wrong? How does that average out?

Best thing I have done was create a "Price book" for myself. Keep track of how much time something takes, and figure out your margin/markup? I also keep track of which suppliers have the best prices on things like Hollow Core doors. It's not perfect but helpful.

If I'm hanging one door. I will charge more than if I'm called to hang 6 because I'm factoring in my travel time, set up time, and clean up time.

Also we're not supposed to give away our prices on this site. It's a no no
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I don't get it....
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You don't see the tree fiddy pic in my first post? There are numerous locked posts here, where people ask how much...and some one answers tree fiddy. As in $3.50.
Usually, the new member introduction posts on forums don't get read and I was just trying to be a smart ass.
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It went over your head?
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You don't see the tree fiddy pic in my first post? There are numerous locked posts here, where people ask how much...and some one answers tree fiddy. As in $3.50.
Usually, the new member introduction posts on forums don't get read and I was just trying to be a smart ass.
I thought it meant $350. But you never know, I was a sign painter and was almost done lettering a wall, big 2' letters, two lines of copy. A guy walked by and asked how much I charged for it and I said three fifty. He said "THREE DOLLARS AND FIFTY CENTS???!!!!"
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