About how much is it to replace a garage entry door w/ installation?
September 11, 2012 10:43 PM Subscribe
I need to replace the entry door to the garage soon, but with an extremely tight budget, limited time, an angry mother, and an asshole older brother. Help! Details inside.
posted by HiphopAnonymous to human relations (33 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Background: I am a full-time college student in a very demanding major, which leaves me little time for a part-time job, and I've had no success in landing any job. My current source of income is from babysitting and weekly allowance from my dad, who lives out of state.
I'm living at home with my mom and older brother, and none of us use house keys since we've always relied on the garage for security and entry. Since my mom is always the first to leave in the mornings, she says she always locks the door on her way out before work so that we're safe inside (this is news to me; I was just told this tonight). My older brother leaves shortly after she does, so I'm wondering if he simply forgot to unlock the doorknob today before he left.
I left the house this morning for an appointment and the door shut behind me -- coming back home only to find I was locked out. I was pressed for time as I had class soon, my homework was in my room, and an important exam, so waiting for a locksmith was out of the question. In a fit of panic, I sledgehammer'd the door knob off, causing substantial damage to the door that it is now useless and no longer closes properly. I'm a genius, I know...
And now, my mother is angry with me. I am now expected to purchase a brand new door and have it installed ASAP (ideally this weekend), and I don't have much money. All I'm looking for is a very standard garage-to-laundry-room entry door, and I found one from the Home Depot website that is inexpensive (<$100). Just as a ballpark estimate... about how much am I looking to spend with their installation fee? I'm heading over there tomorrow morning, but I'd like to see some of your guys' ideas, and perhaps possible ways to cope with this situation. Overall, this isn't that big a deal to me as we live in a very safe gated community, but my mother is a very short-fused Filipino woman who is impossible to rationalize with, and my older brother is an asshole who isn't making this any easier. If I can get this all fixed up by this weekend, I'll be a happy camper.