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Old 11-16-2013, 08:23 PM   #1
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My dad has recruited me to replace his shed doors. It seems like a fairly simple project but I always start out saying that.

He has double doors that I have not measured but let's just say they are about 3' wide and 7' tall. They are falling apart. They are just pieces of plywood on hinges basically with some framing.

I'm planning to use T111 boards for the new doors with 2x4 framing. Is this a good idea? Not sure what thickness those sheets come in but 5/8" seems about right for doors.

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Old 11-16-2013, 09:59 PM   #2
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I'd use 1x4 rather than 2x4. 2x4 sticks out too much and will catch water, leaves and dirt. If you google image shed doors that seems to be what they use. If you measure ahead of time you can get Home Depot to cut your T-111 on their panel saw. While there examine the sheds on the lot and take pictures of how they are done. When I helped on a shed years ago we built the doors on flat on the ground as a unit with the hinges and tilted the unit in place much the way you hang a pre hung door. The door trim will be less prone to rot if you paint the trim boards on the hidden sides and caulk the seams (might be over kill for an old shed though.)

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Old 11-17-2013, 04:16 AM   #3
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Why not change the opening so a real prehung steel door will fit?
Might even find one cheap at the Restore where Carter Lumber used to be.
Can you post a picture of it?
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Why not change the opening so a real prehung steel door will fit?
Might even find one cheap at the Restore where Carter Lumber used to be.
Can you post a picture of it?
Not worth all that. This shed is close to 20 years old and was a kit that my dad put together with a neighbor. They tried lifting it off the ground a couple years later and the floor has been sagging since. My dad just wants functioning doors on it again. They plan on selling the house in a few years anyway.

Im going there for dinner tonight so I'll take some measurments and pictures then.
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What you proposed will work. Not something that I would advertise, but I have built similar ones when "doing it right" wasn't practical given the shape of the shed or affordability of the homeowner, and, surprisingly, they seem to be wearing as well the sheds themselves. Lay the 2x4s flat, and, if it's mounted flush or a double door, bevel the back edge so that they will open and close. It's a bit distant of the right choice, but, again, it will work on a shed that probably won't see another 15-20 years anyway.
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Old 11-17-2013, 05:52 PM   #6
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Just leaving the 2 X 4, 1/2" back from the edge on the latch side will allow the door to open fine.
Just using 1X's would allow the plywood to curl.
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Old 11-18-2013, 10:24 PM   #7
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I did a little inspection and the current doors are fine. Its the 1x trim that the hinges are attached to that is cracked making the doors hang down. They were also made to be below the floor level for some reason. My plan now is to just cut about enough off the bottom of each door to bring them to floor level and replace all the cracked wood trim. I'll replace the hinges with much better ones also.
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Old 11-19-2013, 05:29 AM   #8
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Let me guess, there's only 2, hinges.
A heavy wooden door will work better with 3.
That trim needed to be primed and painted on all sides including all end cuts before installing.
If I have to use wood trim I rip the top of each rail at a slight angle and sand it before sealing so the water runs off instead of running behind it and rotting out the trim and T-111.
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I think they have 3 hinges but they are just basic cheap hinges. I'm not sure if the trim was painted or not before hand but they are cracked right at each hinge. I plan to use the longer more decorative hinges.
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T111 shed doors with 1x4 trim boards can last a long time. These are my shed doors that are 23 years old. The 1x4 trim boards have been replaced a couple times. Having nice heavy duty triple hinges help also. PT 1x4's will also last longer than just pine.
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