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Old 03-05-2014, 07:49 AM   #1
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Taking 4 inches off prehung door


Hi all. What would the best way to take 4 inches out of a prehung door be? I have two doors that need to go under a soffit, one 30 inches wide and one 48 inch french door. Both hollow core.

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Carefully cut 4" off the top using layer of masking tape on the cut line to prevent panel splintering/tear out. Save the solid wood end from the cut off. Take out at least the solid end amount of the torsion box honeycomb cardboard material and insert the solid wood cut off back between the panels and stiles where the cardboard was removed. Elmer's glue will be proud of you and plenty proud to hold that piece glued back in to look like new.


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I don't know about taking it off the top?Depends on the door.I have had to do this on a few occasions and prefer to take it off the bottom.Less noticable.(sp) Depends on the style of door.Never a great solution and does not look like new but can be done.Use a straight edge when cutting.
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Also remember to leave your 1 inch gap under door. If your putting in 3/4 plywood or thick carpet you may want to leave more. You dont want to cut it twice.
I like to install doors after flooring has been installed cutting around door jambs is a pain.
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They seem to be going under a soffit is why I recommended the top.
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And what good would it do to cut off the top of the door? There would be nothing left of the rail, the whole jamb and casing would have to come apart
Are these raised panel or flat panel doors?
I would have started with a mobile home door which is 78" tall and then remove 2" from the bottom, instead of 4", which is going to weaken the door and throw off the whole look.
Even a solid door would have been a better choice.
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I wouldnt talk it off the top either. Its alot more noticable. There will only been like an inch left of the top raised panel.
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Hopefully the OP will understand that the rail that was cut off will be re-used after it is cleaned and it will fit perfect.
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Hopefully the OP will understand that the rail that was cut off will be re-used after it is cleaned and it will fit perfect.
Thanks, I am tracking on the reusing the rail.
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I think that I might cut the 4 inches in half , 2 at the top and 2 at the bottom. You will still need to reuse the top and bottom rail.

This way it looks more symmetrical. but twice the work.

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