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Old 08-01-2013, 11:44 AM   #1
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I am building a playhouse for my son. It is 6 feet in height so obviously the standard door will not fit. Does anyone have any ideas what I can do for a door but that is weather tight as well? I have seen some ideas for using osb mounted to 2x4 bracing then on the outside is a piece 3'' and 1.5'' taller that fits in the opening but doesn't seem to be good as far as keeping water out.
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Just by a cheap hollow core door from the big box stores (or free off of craigslist) and cut to size. Then take the core that you cut off of the end and reinsert into the hollow at the new end. You will have to remove the "door" pieces that are fastened to it so it will fit. Or else just cut a new piece of wood to fit. This will be at the very bottom where it will never be seen.

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Just by a cheap hollow core door from the big box stores (or free off of craigslist) and cut to size. Then take the core that you cut off of the end and reinsert into the hollow at the new end. You will have to remove the "door" pieces that are fastened to it so it will fit. Or else just cut a new piece of wood to fit. This will be at the very bottom where it will never be seen.

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how is that door going to be weather resistant?
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Why would you build it only 6' tall?
Going to take longer to build with all that extra cutting, going to waste 2' of lumber on every stud, making it hard to find a real door that's not going to cause issues later.
Once he grows up you pretty much have a short useless building.
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how is that door going to be weather resistant?
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The same way your front door is weather resistant...prime and exterior paint.

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The same way your front door is weather resistant...prime and exterior paint.

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don't I need an exterior jamb?
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No way would I use a cheap hollow core door in a kids play house or outside.
I've replaced a ton of them that had delaminated and holes punched in them.
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No way would I use a cheap hollow core door in a kids play house or outside.
I've replaced a ton of them that had delaminated and holes punched in them.
Then what do you suggest for a door Joe?
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Go back and read my first post. Why 6' tall?
A regular pre hung steel door would be my first choice.
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Go back and read my first post. Why 6' tall?
A regular pre hung steel door would be my first choice.
Because that is the height.
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So where exactly are you in the process? I am answering as if you have a door opening to fill and Joe C is answering as if you are in the planning stage.

If you are in the planning stage, how $$$ is it going to be? I just seen a playhouse go up in our neighborhood complete with Pella windows. Haven't seen any kids playing in it yet though.

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I agree with those who counsel a ceiling height greater than 6'.

That being said, I needed a door for an existing cinder block bldg with a RO less than standard height. I went to a door company and they cut down a standard pre-framed exterior door for me.

Can't tell the difference if one didn't know beforehand.
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Sorry for the misunderstanding. The O/P said "I am building a playhouse for my son"
not I've built a playhouse.
There's dozens of different ways you can build a shed door.
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...ures&FORM=IGRE
Just a whole lot more work to have to build one.
I like to see no battens on the outside. They tend to trap water and rot out or cause the siding to rot out.
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