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buddy hathorn 03-07-2012 01:57 PM

exterior door
we bought a old house and i want to replace the front door but i check the door and its 34" wide by 80" height and i want to install a 36" per hung door in its place can anyone tell me what i need to do

HomeSealed 03-07-2012 04:47 PM

A lot of work... More than likely you'll need to re-frame the opening, possibly including a new header. I would just order a 34" door.

AirdrieHandyman 03-07-2012 05:52 PM

What type of siding do you have?

Windows on Wash 03-07-2012 09:03 PM

It is very likely that you will need to re-frame the entire opening and install a new header beam as HomeSealed discussed. This will require drywall removal, new painting, possible relocation electrical, etc, etc, etc.

All of these are time and financially consuming and as AirDrie indicated above, may be altogether impossible.

It is very likely that the 34" door will be cheaper all around.

buddy hathorn 03-08-2012 08:01 AM

i dont want to get in all of that so i will order a 34" door and been done with it thanks everyone for the help can some one tell me do i order the door by measuring the old door or do i take the trim off the inside and get the ruff opening

framer52 03-08-2012 08:04 AM

just tell them the door size and which side your hinges are on. any competent store will guide you through this.

HomeSealed 03-08-2012 09:26 AM

You'll be fine on the width regardless, but you'll want to double check the height. Just give them the exact height of the slab and they can tell you if it is standard or needs a small cutback. You can usually make a standard height fit, but it can be a bit more work, especially if it is on a concrete stoop. It typically costs me around $75 to cutback the height, but in the cases where it is necessary it saves more than that in labor.:thumbsup:

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