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Old 01-03-2010, 02:28 PM   #1
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Widening a door frame


I had a door leading to my basement that had a cat door cut into it. I was given a door, but I need 2 more inches in the door frame. What advice can y'all give me? I'd love to use the new door, but how much trouble would it be to widen the door frame?

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is the replacement door solid? It might be easier to make the door fit your frame rather than the other way around.

take the 2" off the door. just make sure you cut it off the hinge side. as if you take any off the doorknob side the backset for the knob will be wrong.

can use the original door as a template to re-mortise the hinges into the replacement door. not to bad of a project. If you need a wider doorway it would be more work as you have to make sure the header that is in place is wide enough.
If you dont need the wider door i would vote to fit the door to the current opening

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Now why didn't I think of that....
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Depending on the new doors construction, taking 2" off any one side might not work. With other doors, even taking an inch off each side won't work. It all depends on the doors internal construction.
Widening the rough opening can be simple or complicated depending if the wall is load bearing. Going into the basement would probably be load bearing.
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I have the same issue with a door exiting my kitchen. It takes a 29" door and I want to put in a 32". How close do you need to be to the 34 1/2" rough opening? I think I can easily get it to 34". I would most likely replace the header.
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