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ElizaWhyza 07-16-2012 07:57 AM

vintage dutch door
I have an opportunity to buy a vintage (1930's)dutch door. The lower portion has a single raised panel and the top has nine lights. The house it's in is being demolished, so I can get the door frame, too.

I know dutch doors can be a pain, but I love the look. IYO, should I just start running in the other direction as quickly as possible, or should I indulge my inner-antique-loving child?

joecaption 07-16-2012 08:05 AM

Ha it's your house.
I never could see a need for one. What good is being able to open the top part? There's no screen so what's to keep the bugs out while it's open?
Then you have to come up with a latch to hold it open.

LVDIY 07-16-2012 10:23 PM

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Dutch doors are great when you want to get that fresh breeze through the house, but also want to keep the sheep outside.

Do you have a house where this style of door would even fit?

oh'mike 07-16-2012 10:34 PM

If it's a nice door and you like it--buy it--

I think they are neat and a slice of history--

Remove the inside trim---run a sawsall between the jamb and house framing to cut any nails or screws--

Remove the outside brick mold with a painters tool and a flat bar==and enjoy your new door.

ElizaWhyza 07-17-2012 02:41 PM

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@oh'mike- thanks for the tutorial!!! So it sounds like after removing the inside trim and then cutting the nails or screws holding it in place, the door will be "freed" but will still be hung in the frame.

Here is a picture of a different door we may have a chance to buy, including the surround with sidelights and transom. The person managing the demo had thought he and his partner could get it out for us, but now the partner needs surgery, so I'll need to hire someone to extricate it. I think the house may be older than what they may have thought at first, so I am trying to get a handle on the joinery.

Any ideas on the effort needed to set it free?

oh'mike 07-17-2012 07:16 PM

Wow--wonderful door---

Door,sidelights and arched top is one piece--and will be removed that way---

Get a good heavy painters tool and a tiny flat bar---and a nail set----and a pair of side cutters--

Remove the inside trim--the painters tool is a thin pry bar--cut the caulking---remove the casings inside---cutt out shims and nails with a Sawsall--Mount the blade up side down--

The door is now held only by the outside trim----

Carefully remove arched trim--or just the nails that hold it into the house---that is what the nail set is for---drive the nails right through the trim---

Same for the left and right trims---Some times you can locate the nails by knocking the door outward by using a block of 2x4 and a hammer--from inside---then knock the door back into the hole using the block and hammed from the outside---

Before you start---go to any store that sells doors and look at how they are built---

ElizaWhyza 07-19-2012 10:15 AM

Thanks so much for this information!

7echo 07-19-2012 08:22 PM

Another way to find the nails is use a small rare earth magnet.

That is a good looking door. Follow oh'mikes advice and be patient and careful with the pry bar.

k_buz 07-19-2012 08:38 PM

You could probably sell that for some nice extra $$$$$.

garethcooper9 07-20-2012 04:39 AM

It's a nice door indeed. You just need to be very careful when taking it off. You sound very enthusiastic about having that door so I guess you won't sell it for extra cash as k_buz suggested :)

ElizaWhyza 09-05-2012 10:08 AM

Thanks for all of the input, folks. It ended up not working out, but I am ok with it. I found three windows I really like, two of which will be sidelights. I am posting a picture in a new thread.

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