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Red Squirrel 02-25-2011 05:24 PM

Making a mini door on a rough block opening
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I have an opening in a block wall that is semi square but very rough. What is the best way to go about making a door frame around that? I'm thinking some 2x8's for the inside, and just cut them so they are very tightly fitted, and add shimming to make it fit tightly, then some 2x4 around just to "finish" it and also to tapcon it to the block. Is there a better way I'm not thinking of?

Oh and that pipe is just for the central vac. If it gets in the way (which it probably will) I'll just cut it. I'm guessing it was done that way just to dampen the noise, and to add a bit of heat in there while the vac is being used.

PaliBob 02-25-2011 07:01 PM

Red, If the 'door' is to be used very infrequently then could just cover the opening with a sheet of plywood secured in place with a couple of blue Tapcons.

Ron6519 02-26-2011 01:31 PM

If you want to put a frame in there, you'll need to clean up the opening. A grinder and a chisel will do the job. If you want the frame to span the entire block wall you'll need to rip down a 2x10. If not, a 2x8 set to the camera side will do fine.

Red Squirrel 02-27-2011 06:41 PM

I have a chisel already, I'll look into a grinder and clean it up a bit then go from there. And yeah 2x10 might be better. I did not actually measure yet but more I think about it, 2x6 would probably not be wide enough. I'll probably caulk around the frame and try to make it look half decent. The door itself will probably have a screen. The idea is to keep bugs out but still remain some air circulation. Though now that I got it spray foamed bugs probably won't really be a problem anymore.

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