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Old 03-25-2015, 05:43 PM   #1
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I'm in the process of building a storage room in a basement that has very low ceilings--the ceiling clearance where I'm putting the wall is no higher than 77". Would the best bet to be to accept that I can't really have a door here, just a opening?

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Buy a real wood prehung door and you can cut down the door and jamb.
May even be able to buy one made for a mobile home that's shorter.

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Joe gives a good suggestion.
You can also cut down a hollow core door. http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item...door-to-height.

Also consider not having a top jamb, just the two sides. Gains you another inch or more of height. But some may consider it odd. If you do have a top jamb then use really narrow casing across the top.
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"Real wood" as in not hollow? I was going to use steel studs/track for the wall. Should I have the top track run across as a sort-of header?

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Yep he suggesting a solid door.
I usually do not recommend steel track in a basement and definitely not on the bottom. They tend to rust out, but it is done. Make sure you use wood studs on the sides of the door opening to attach the door frame to.
No need for the top track to run across, just fasten wall solidly on both sides of door opening. If you want you can fasten the door stop strip across the top to the ceiling, but not needed, just a design/ looks thing maybe.
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Yes, I was going to do a pressure-treated wood base, with a barrier between it and the steel track (since you're not supposed to put steel track directly on pressure treated wood).
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The ceiling joist is not holy. You can cut it or notch it for necessity and convenience - as long as adding to the joist or supporting it replaces the capacity of that joist. For example, the hallway to the door can have higher ceiling with notched joist and additional narrower joists or sistering to it. New supporting wall and/or posts and headers will take up the load.
Just an idea.
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If you put posts in as suggested above you also need footings under those posts.
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Sorry about the door question.
Make your door with 1x6, although you may not want it as rustic.

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