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Old 11-30-2008, 09:29 AM   #1
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I would like to know the properway to install a frech door, Im taking out a existing 36'' window and wall and a existing 36'' door that total the with of the french door the wall is a exteior block wall and has stucco on the out sidek, how do I go about framing in the door ? do I pour a cement header or use wood and stucco the outside ? Jim


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The french door should have the rough opening dimensions so you know how big to frame the opening.

Being its an exterior door and your gonna be spanning 6'+ your gonna need a good size header, are floor joists resting above this opening ?

Posting a picture would help out people answer your questions better.

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I would like to know the properway to install a frech door, Im taking out a existing 36'' window and wall and a existing 36'' door that total the with of the french door the wall is a exteior block wall and has stucco on the out sidek, how do I go about framing in the door ? do I pour a cement header or use wood and stucco the outside ? Jim
This is no small project. Especially because of the siding material (stucco).

Some of the basic steps, without all the minutia (smaller details):

Work requires getting a building permit. To get the permit, you will need to show the new framing details.
Measuring and marking off of the area to be removed and re-framed.
Temporary supporting of your overhead joists above that area.
Pre-assembly of the new header.
Removal of areas of the plaster/sheetrock.
Removal of old framing with minimal damage to the exterior sheathing and stucco, if possible.
Installation of the new header and framing. Inspection
Installation of new door: plumb, square, level.
Insulation. Inspection
Exterior: Cutting into the stucco and installation of drip cap type flashing.
Installation of exterior casing and additional stucco work.
Sheetrock/plaster.
Interior finish trim
Flooring tie-in and threshold work.
Paint work.
etc, etc...

If you are lost on such details, you may need to higher this out to a reputable contractor. Make sure that they have experience in doing this kind of work, with references of happy customers, etc, etc...
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