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BJLower 04-03-2010 07:30 PM

Thanks to my wife, installing a set of French Doors
 
Don't you just love some of the projects your wife can spring on you.


The wife picked up a pair of 32” glass doors for me to “throw in”.NOW rather than a down the road a ways on the refurbishing of our house.:furious:


I'm going to have the fun of putting these doors into one of those things that make you scratch your head and wonder what the people that originally did it could possible have had in mind. There is a set of 29” “doors that look out the front of the house from the living room.


The minor problem is that these “doors” were not put in to be used as doors. My head scratching can only come up with someone thinking that a set of French style doors would act like a big picture window. These “doors” are locked in, no hinges, door handles, along with only being 29 inchers.


When I pulled the face boards off of the outside to see what I had in store for myself I found one of those “what is that” things that seem to happen so often. The “craftsman” that originally put in these doors/windows used the following plan.:jester:


1)Cut a big hole in the wall.
2) Toenail a 2 X 4 on either side of the opening to attach the doors/windows to.
3) Nail face boards around the outside. (The top face board is nailed to what could only have been several
pieces of scrap wood. How these pieces of scrap wood are actually attached to anything so that the
face board could be nailed into them should be very interesting once I get to that point.)


The doors that the wife spotted were on special, so I stuck with having to use them. I've installed my fair share of doors. However they all had that frames, so I could use things like shims to get them in square to the world!


As soon as I realized that I was looking at something that could turn into a major problem, I decided that I'd better put out a posting so that I do this the right way and save the Excedrin for unavoidable headaches.


I don't think that demoing out the old doors/windows and be standing there looking at a huge hole in the front of my house and 2 doors, would be a good time to go “What do I do now?”:eek:


I'd greatly appreciate some help with this project.

Shamus 04-03-2010 09:31 PM

Two questions first.
1. Can you tell if there is a header framed into the opening?
2. Can you take a few photo's?

Before you proceed a word of caution about unsupported weight. From what you've described it sounds as though your going to have to open up the width and size out a header. I'd start there even if you want to cut your new doors down.

moorewarner 04-04-2010 12:38 AM

Quote:

As soon as I realized that I was looking at something that could turn into a major problem, I decided that I'd better put out a posting so that I do this the right way and save the Excedrin for unavoidable headaches.

I don't think that demoing out the old doors/windows and be standing there looking at a huge hole in the front of my house and 2 doors, would be a good time to go “What do I do now?”
2nd the pics, inside, outside (one tight of the whole opening/work area and one tight of the whole side of house) and new doors please.

Pretty please, to many folks on this board spend twice as long to type 500 words as they would to take a couple good pics which would be worth so much more. :thumbsup:

You can leave the outside and demo/build from the inside, screw plywood to close off at night during work, it's no biggie.

Pics, pics, pics...:clap::clap::clap:

Ron6519 04-04-2010 07:56 PM

Don't you live in an area that requires hurricane windows? I'd put a hold on the project until you know what is required in your area.
Ron

Leah Frances 04-04-2010 08:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BJLower (Post 423707)
Don't you just love some of the projects your wife can spring on you.

At my house it's the husband who does the 'springing'. Question: "Why don't you just re-plaster the entire room." "It would be nice if we had some wall sconces on this wall" "Can't you just re-wire it?" "What if we put a window in that wall?"

Make sure you are getting your inspections and permits as your local municipality requires.


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