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new jersey mike 09-03-2012 12:17 PM

Installing a screen door to an exterior with sidelights
My son has an installed front door with sidelights and the jamb is not as deep as the frame or sill. The jamb needs to be built out, is there a special piece of molding for this? I believe there is also a proper term/definition for this? The existing perimeter molding does not look like brick molding so will that need to me replaced as well? Does any one know of a video showing the job also?

So the question is what is the proper procedure to do this correctly?

Thanks Mike.

joecaption 09-03-2012 12:31 PM

Posting a picture sure would help.
It's easyer to just add a shim and a sweep to the bottom of the door on the inside then trying to add a threshold extention that going to stick out and show.
Vinyl lumber works good as a shim.

new jersey mike 09-03-2012 01:12 PM

I do not have a picture and he is an hour away. The frame is aprox 9 inches deep but the jamb adjacent to the glass is only 6" also the molding going around the frame is not brick molding which has a proper reveal to accept a screen door frame. The threshold is already extended so that would not have to be worked on.

At first I thought I would just measure and cut a 2x 6 and add to the jamb to build it out. Then rip the existing molding and replace with brick on the perimeter and jamb.

I thought this might be a common problem/job because it being a townhouse and many existing or 2nd owners might want to do the same project.

new jersey mike 09-03-2012 02:37 PM

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Maybe I am not describing it correctly when I refer to the jamb. The center piece where the door lock connects is the piece that is too narrow in it's depth and is not at the same plane as the perimeter. This is where the other half of the storm door frame would connect.

Attached is a picture of an installed screen door

I hope this helps and thanks.

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