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Old 11-15-2011, 09:27 PM   #1
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How to turn a garage door into a walk in door

I have one of those 5 bay shops. It doesnt have a walk in door so when i want to go in i have to open a garage door. I would like to add a walk in door.

Now i have 2 choices that i can see:

1. Convert one of the bays to a wall with a walk in door
2. Cut the concrete foundation/siding to put in a walk in door in the side of the building.

I am wondering which would be easier for me to do on my own? The inside is unfinished so there is no problem there. The concrete foundation is about 3 ft high i think.

Thanks for any input or ideas


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Old 11-15-2011, 09:40 PM   #2
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Do you need the 5 th bay? Will you need it in the future?
I've seen man doors integrated into garage doors in many places. Maybe you could integrate one into yours.
Don't know if a kit is available to retrofit a door into one that wasn't engineered to have one initially.
Might check the door manufacturer.


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Old 11-15-2011, 09:54 PM   #3
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I don't think cutting out the block for a man door would be that big of a deal either. Just add a little extra width for some wood framing.
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Old 11-15-2011, 10:28 PM   #4
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Those both sound easier than adding concrete or block next to the man door, getting any added wood siding/framing at least 2" above the splash line per Code. Steel may be different...

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how bout some pictures?
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Old 11-16-2011, 07:34 AM   #6
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Replace the door with one that has built in man door.

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there is no reason you just can't cut a door and add door hinges and hardware. you just have to have extra garage door hinges holding the sections together.
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:44 AM   #8
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I have actually done this with a garage door that would not open properly. It was a wood door by the way. I simply cut it so I had a 36" section with which to create a door. I incorporated the windows into the door..........after cutting the door, I reframed inside the garage so I had enough framing to support a HEAVY 36" door. I used 4 large (gate type) hinges and simply attached them to my newly created framing and to the door. It has been that way for 8 years. I did add a turnbuckle assembly to the door to keep it from sagging. It can be done!


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