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Old 10-21-2008, 04:25 PM   #16
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You sure you dont want to give this a try yourself.Their are alot of good folks on here that will walk you through it

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Old 10-21-2008, 04:39 PM   #17
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You sure you dont want to give this a try yourself.Their are alot of good folks on here that will walk you through it
I guess I am chicken. I tend to be a loner thus there is a lack of "friends" on whom I could call to help me. And unfortunately, there are times that I just don't have the strength to get things done. For example, I tore down the front screen porch enclosure, but when it came to the anchors in the cement I couldn't get them out. I finally had a friend visit from out of town and he got them out for me.
I just have visions of tearing a whole in the wall and then not being able to get the job done. Perhaps I need to price a ticket for my Dad to come visit. I have never seen a project he couldn't get done.
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Old 10-21-2008, 09:17 PM   #18
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those french doors are not light so maybe now that you say you dont have any help it might not be such a good ideal to do it yourself sorry.How about Lowes you said you liked the doors you saw their how about the instalation price and belive me I cant tell how disappointed I am to be telling you this but their price might fit what you want just be their when they do it and ask on here if they did it right anf tak pictures you may need them later
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Old 10-22-2008, 07:04 AM   #19
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Hi kimbur,

You had mentioned earlier that you were interested in impact-resistant doors.

There are a great many positives concerning installing impact doors, and I would highly recommend them in your environment; however there are a couple of negatives as well when considered as a DIY project.

First, impact doors are HEAVY. Consider that they are constructed using laminated glass - which means that there are two lites of glass and not just one in a monolithic (non-dual pane) construction - and the doors themselves are likely to have metal reinforcement in the frames that also adds to the weight.

Second, I am assuming that by "south Florida" you are in Dade, Broward, or Palm Beach counties, the impact building code is VERY specific about installation details related to impact products and it has to be done right. With all due respect to the folks suggesting that you DIY this one, I have to agree with the folks who suggest hiring out the installation based on the specifics of installing an impact product in your location particularly if it deals with adjusting your rough opening (curious, since one poster mentioned adding a new lintel - do you know what a lintel is?).

Anyway, I suspect that you will find that $4000-$5000 for an installed impact resistant door in your location is not out of line, particularly if there is structural work involved. I would be somewhat surprised to find that the doors that you saw for $600 or $700 are impact resistant products (that seems a bit low, at least for a reasonable quality product). Make sure that when you are looking at doors that are specifically labeled as impact resistant and not hurricane resistant or wind resistant. The slightly different labels may not necessarily mean the same thing.

Impact resistant have been tested and certified using an air cannon to impact the doors with a 2x4 simulating impact debris during a bad storm. Hurricane resistant (or a few other euphemisms) may only suggest that the windows have a certain minimum Design Pressure (DP) rating that means that they should be able to survive sustained winds, but not necessarily impact from flying debris.
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Old 10-22-2008, 03:57 PM   #20
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It all depends on what is going to have to be cut to lengthen the opening. I can cut pine 2x4's easier than I can cut through block or brick. There will have to be work done on your siding to get that to look right. The floorin you have in you house may need to be reworked also. If your header isn't high enough, you will have to cut out the sheetrock above and around the opening to make changes on the header height. Just because there isn't a receptacle below the door doesn't mean that there isn't any wire running under the door. It could be as high as the quote you got to much less than that. I can't really think of any situation that I would do the job for less than around $1500.

This is a labor intensive project at best. Not by any means difficult, just a lot of work.
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Old 10-22-2008, 05:14 PM   #21
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I understand the webiste is for DIYers, however when I went to a contracting site the rules say you cant post there if you aren't a contractor, so I thought I might get some friendly advice, or estimate of what it should cost here. I did go look at doors at Lowes and they run about $500-700 then another $500 to installl but that is if you are putting a door where a door is. Not to tear out a window make the opening bigger and install a door. I have no idea if someone quoted me $3000 if that would be off base or not. I do some little jobs around the house, paint, sod, install sprinklers, but as an RN tearing out part of a wall to install a door seems a little bigger than I can tackle by myself. Especially since the house is concrete block construction.

Again I apologize for apparently posting this in the wrong place.
It would really help if you said what size door you were planning to install in the opening. The price of $500-700 for the door seems woefully incorrect.
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Oberon, you were correct I was comparing the price of wind resistant doors vs imapct doors. My mistake.
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It would really help if you said what size door you were planning to install in the opening. The price of $500-700 for the door seems woefully incorrect.
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The window is 72 (w) x 62 (L) and iwanted to install double french doors 72 (W) x 80(L). I have gotten 3 estimates and the all seem to run 3500-4700 without permits or other possible expenses. Looks like this one is on the back burner for a awhile. I'll continue with the painting, sod, fence,etc...stuff i can do.
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If you are looking for impact/projectile resistant windows, you have set a high level.

While codes can change from state to state, codes in florida are more refined and can vary from one area of a county to another area because of hurricane standards. That is one of the reasons Florida does not have the same kind of disaste problems as Louisiana, which had/has antiquated codes that are not really enforced.

Make sure your requirements are realistic for where you live. Some of the windows from the era of your home were different size and the rough opeining size difference between that and current standard size windows can add to the cost. You may have been looking at custom sized windows.
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...I did mine myself and in pretty much the same situation as yours.I took out a old set of windows ,cut out the block ,installed a new lental ,framed it and installed the door...
Bumping an old thread to ask a question;

If replacing a window with a door of the same width (in a concrete block home), why is it necessary to install a new lintel?

Would the existing lintel not be adequate?

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Bumping an old thread to ask a question;

If replacing a window with a door of the same width (in a concrete block home), why is it necessary to install a new lintel?
It's not. The guy said, "pretty much the same", he had a wider opening to make. No reason to change something in width when something new is the same size.
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It's not. The guy said, "pretty much the same", he had a wider opening to make. No reason to change something in width when something new is the same size.
Actually, "the guy" wrote "pretty much the same situation." He never specifically stated that he needed to create a wider opening.

But thank you for the clarification.

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Actually, "the guy" wrote "pretty much the same situation." He never specifically stated that he needed to create a wider opening.




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He didn't have to specifically say it. By him saying he had to add a new lentil means that the opening was bigger.Why would you have a to add a new lentil if the new door or window was the same size as the old?
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Why would you have a to add a new lentil if the new door or window was the same size as the old?
Hence my question.

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If replacing a window with a door of the same width (in a concrete block home), why is it necessary to install a new lintel?

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Why did you ask the question then?

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...I did mine myself and in pretty much the same situation as yours.I took out a old set of windows ,cut out the block ,installed a new lental ,framed it and installed the door...
It was obvious that he had a bigger door than the existing. Therefore the need to make the opening bigger and install a lentil.

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