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rightarmman 04-25-2010 06:36 PM

Window to Door Conversion Assistance
 
We have built a deck and would like to replace an existing window that now looks onto the deck with a door.
The window is about 30" wide and about 84" at its highest. I've been looking for 30"x84"(2'6"x7'0") doors and the selection is VERY limited.

BUT we could have many more door designs to choose from if we could use a 32" door.

It's hard to tell what the actual rough opening would be without ripping all the molding off now - before we begin the door installation.

Is there a way to maintain structural strength and cut away an inch from the 2x4's around the rough opening?

Thanks in advance.

Scuba_Dave 04-25-2010 07:15 PM

I would go with a 36" door
Where does the door lead ?
How old is the window/house ?
My windows were originally single pane w/sash weights & RO was 3" wider on each side

Gary in WA 04-25-2010 08:47 PM

Yes, but you would have to get full nailing in the existing header: http://www.strongtie.com/products/connectors/hh.asp

Vinyl windows may be 1/2" of room past jambs, aluminum the same. A picture would be helpful........

Be safe, Gary

troubleseeker 04-25-2010 09:24 PM

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Originally Posted by rightarmman (Post 433527)
We have built a deck and would like to replace an existing window that now looks onto the deck with a door.
The window is about 30" wide and about 84" at its highest. I've been looking for 30"x84"(2'6"x7'0") doors and the selection is VERY limited.

BUT we could have many more door designs to choose from if we could use a 32" door.

It's hard to tell what the actual rough opening would be without ripping all the molding off now - before we begin the door installation.

Is there a way to maintain structural strength and cut away an inch from the 2x4's around the rough opening?
Thanks in advance.

You are not going to fit a 2'6 x 7'0 door in the RO you desribe.The RO needs to be at minimum 2" wider and 2 1/4" taller than the dimensions of the door slab, sometimes a little more on the height, depending on the style of threshold the manufacturer uses. So a 30" door requires a minimum 32" RO, and that assumes the framing is reasonable plumb.
A 30 to 31" RO is only going to take a 28" door, a size that I don't think anyone manufactures anymore in exterior units.
The biggest factor that is limiting your current choices is that you are looking at 7'0" exterior doors, you will have better selection when you look at 6'8' units.

Also be prepared that there is a very high possibility of an electrical wire running under the window if there are outlets in the walls adjacent to the window.


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