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Handyman on call | Peter Hotton

Time to consider dropping deceitful carpenter

Q. I need a new threshold to replace the one that is rotted out under my front entrance, which includes a door still in good shape and two sidelights. I hired a carpenter who said he can’t provide a threshold but will have to replace the door and sidelights at a cost of $1,000. I know he’s wrong but how can I convince him just to take out the rotted threshold and leave the other parts, which are in excellent shape alone?

I also need a few new red cedar clapboards, and the carpenter said they don’t make them any more, and I have to get another material. 

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