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Old 10-23-2011, 12:55 PM   #1
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Rough Door Opening of 48x80 can I put smaller door in?


I am replacing a bypass closet door with something that will allow for more wall space, either a pocket door or just a normal door. The rough opening is 48x80. Can I work with this, or do I need to reframe?

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Old 10-23-2011, 03:54 PM   #2
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for a pocket door the rough opening has to be double the width of the door you want to install + 1". if you want to go to a standard door all you need to do is install a couple more studs to make the opening narrwoer, then patch the drywall and hang the new door

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Mindy,
A word to the wise. Be careful going by measurements you get online at forums like this one.

Your best advice is to go down to the store, purchase the pocket door kit, come home, open the package and assemble the pocket door frame.

Then, and only then, will you have something real to put a tape on and measure to get the actual size of the pocket door frame you will be working with.

Be aware that not all pocket door frames are constructed identically. Some require a larger rough opening than you have been told here.
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Ok, so if I stick with a standard door, then do the new studs need to be attached to the Jack stud?

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Ok, so if I stick with a standard door, then do the new studs need to be attached to the Jack stud?

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No, they don't. After you remove the jambs you can frame in the opening anyway you want. From the center, left side or right side but they don't HAVE to be attached to the jack stud.
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precisely they just have to be located so to create the new rough opening. putting a new stud up to the old jack will make it so you have something to fasten drywall to which will cover any gaps
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Am I going to have a problem with the rough opening height (without jams) being 80 to finish flooring, or will I be able to trim the door that much?

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Am I going to have a problem with the rough opening height (without jams) being 80 to finish flooring, or will I be able to trim the door that much?

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You only have 80" from the finished floor to the bottom of the header?
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putting a new stud up to the old jack will make it so you have something to fasten drywall to which will cover any gaps
I wouldn't waste a stud to do that, just cut the sheetrock back half way on the jack stud.
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You only have 80" from the finished floor to the bottom of the header?

I remeasured just now. The header is 81 inches to finished floor (I remembered wrong before). The header is 2 2x8's with plywood sandwiched between.

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hmm. so after the door jamb is in you will have 80 1/4" youll still need space for the margin at the top of the door plus air space below the door, so you might have to cut 1/2" off the door. how much depends on how level the floor is and the header
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Thank you all. I am feeling better about this now. I really don't want to mess with that header since I am not 1000% sure it isn't load bearing. If I need to, I will hire someone though.

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You could also use two 24" doors hinged from each side. A larger, say 36", door takes up a lot of floor space to open

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