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Old 05-13-2013, 08:32 PM   #1
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I recently bought a house, and need to replace the entrance/main door. The door is 32" by 80" (actually 31 7/8 by 80). Can I just buy a door slab at Depot/Lowes and it will just go right in, or do I need to buy a pre-hung door and re-do everything? I have 2 arch ways that come out right next to the door frame, so I REALLY do not want to mess them up. I was talking to the one associate at Depot and he told me I need a custom ordered door b/c at 32" x 80" door is actually 31 1/2 by 79 and it will be too small for mine. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 05-13-2013, 08:42 PM   #2
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The "Associate" is an Idiot. A 2-8 is a standard size door.

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That's what I thought. So I can just buy a slab and throw it in, right?
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Nope, a slab is going to be a whole lot more work then a prehung.
Hinges need to be mortised, knob hole needs to be bored and mortised.
If off just a little bit it's not going to work.
Use the old door as a template.
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OK I'll go with a prehung. Any advice as far as getting the old frame out or putting the new one in? I've been doing a bit of research on it. I know I have to shim it and level everything.

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If you have to buy a slab, find a door store, buy the slab from them, bring in your old door and have them match the mortising and latch holes. Attach the hardware and install it yourself. Be prepare to make some small adjustment to the hinges and frame striker location though because it may not be perfect.

A prehung door is easier sometimes.

Ps.edit; Ok I was slow in my response.

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Posting a picture will go a long way for getting some suggestions on how to remove and replace.

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