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Old 07-19-2007, 07:06 PM   #1
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I'm going to be enclosing my portico entryway. Rebuilding portico entryway
I came across a pair of full glass, 15-lite fir interior door slabs at HD that would fit nearly perfectly as the side panels. Of course they wouldn't be used as doors. Since it's an unconditioned space, I really don't need insulated glass anyway. It's a lot cheaper than ordering up custom glass.
Do you think I can use these in an exterior application?

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Do you have any idea how ironic your question is after one reads your signature line? I couldn't resist.

If you can protect the wood from the elements with paint, or whatever, and the glass is glazed in a manner to prevent water from seeping between the glass and frame, I would think you stand a chance of using them. Depends a lot on how harsh your climate is toward ordinary wood.

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Do you have any idea how ironic your question is after one reads your signature line? I couldn't resist.

If you can protect the wood from the elements with paint, or whatever, and the glass is glazed in a manner to prevent water from seeping between the glass and frame, I would think you stand a chance of using them. Depends a lot on how harsh your climate is toward ordinary wood.

Ha, ha...good observation.

Clutch, regardless of the unconditioned environment, please realize that interior doors are not constructed for exterior harsh weather elements (and you live in New England).
There are other factors to consider, such as the construction of the door. Generally, the way interior doors are put together, the glues used, the core material, etc. - is not designed to deal with the expansion and contraction that takes place with a harsh weather environment. Interior components installed in exterior environments will tend to break down and fall apart over time, due to their design and construction (for mild interior environments).
Something to think about - along with your own signature line.
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Wise guys,
Thanks, I thought I had, ahem, an "inexpensive" solution.
Is there such a thing as porch glass. I'd like to be able to swap out the glass out in the summer to screens. These would be approximately 28x85.
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Wise guys,
Thanks, I thought I had, ahem, an "inexpensive" solution.
Is there such a thing as porch glass. I'd like to be able to swap out the glass out in the summer to screens. These would be approximately 28x85.
You can create re-trofit glass and screen frames (to swap out) by going to a glass shop. Look around in your area. I have a company that I use for this in NH.
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Thanks, I thought I had, ahem, an "inexpensive" solution.
I like to think of such finds as "economically priced!"
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If the units will be getting wet, you are just wasting your money. Even "exterior" grade wood doors that are exposed to the weather are a waste of money, they rot in a couple of years.
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please keep in mind this is just a suggestion and others may say it cant be done but you seam to be a handy person how about getting some PVC board and copying the ones you saw since they are not going to be used for doors anyway and the pvc board holds up very well even in harsh climate you local glass shop should be able to work with you on inserts of glass that could be switched out just a thought
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i am against the use of interior doors as external ones because of the strength issue..maybe they come cheap but there should be some thing kept in mind..The weather will lead to its deterioration and then you may have to replace it..so better go for high one and live peacefully

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