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Old 01-10-2009, 01:30 PM   #1
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I have an unheated attached garage in my split level home. There is an interior door, hollow core, with a sheet of tin nailed to the back used as the entry from the garage to the lower level now. It hemmoridges warmth from the house. I would like to put a steel entry door there, but the rough opening is only 81.5" and there is no room to reframe due to the support and soffit. I know I can special order a 78" door from big box store, and I'm about to head over to find out the cost. Is there another solution? Would I be sorry if I tried to put a solid pine interior door and weatherstrip it and caulk the seams?

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81.5 ought to be real close to accepting a standard height pre-hung door. Take your tape measure along and see if one will clear. Even if you have to trim a half inch out of the header it would be worth it in my opinion. A solid pine door would be an improvement, but an insulated door would be a vast improvement.

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Old 01-10-2009, 03:37 PM   #3
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Old 01-10-2009, 03:47 PM   #4
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How did you measure the HIGHT. from the finish floor or the sub floor.?? does THE FINISHED FLOOR GO UNDER THE DOOR, IF SO COULD YOU LOWER THE DOOR 3/4". THE ONLY PROBLEM WITH THIS IS THE USE OF A MATT ON THE INSIDE OF THE DOOR. BOB
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Old 01-10-2009, 05:34 PM   #5
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Thanks Bob, yeah unfortunately the height is to the concrete sub, no room there. However, I am experimenting now with trying to raise the header and sneak an 80" fire code door in there. I think it will be a tricky install including removing the casing and cutting, but it might go. I just got back from the depot, the same door I would spend $190 for in 80" is $435 and 3 weeks away as a special order in 78", ouch! I think if I rebuild the soffit and steal 3/4" there this is going to work.
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Got it in. Thanks. Rebuilt the header and cut some door and got by with JUST enough to shim it level and plumb.

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