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Old 09-03-2009, 02:41 PM   #16
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If I do decide to try and purchase a pre-hung door to match my depth where would I find one?


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Old 09-04-2009, 10:20 AM   #17
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lowes can order them for you but it is very expensive. A regular lumber yard will give you a better price. Prices at the box stores are low for every day items but much higher for anything special ordered. If you existing jam and threshold are still in good condition then plan on ordering just the new slab and carefully cut the hinges to match you existing door. Not a hard task. Use a very sharp chisel a cheap hinge template and take your time. Or have a handy man do this for you for about 2 hours of his time. Anyone charging more does not have the tools and skills needed to do this task. I have specialized tools and this task would take me 20 minutes.
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Old 09-04-2009, 11:16 AM   #18
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Originally Posted by Bob Mariani View Post
replacing only the door (slab) is a fine solution if you are careful when cutting the new hinges and door knobs to match your existing jam. You will need to correct drill bits and a very sharp chisel for this task. This is a less expensive way to go but needs a higher level of skill to complete.

This is an option I've had to use several times. Another choice is to just make a new jamb to fit. It's not all that hard to do.

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Thank you for all of the help and suggestions. I think I have decided to remove the brick molding and extend the jambs. Part of that decision is based solely on the fact that the door is already at my house and I get a very nice brand new jambs & threshold. Like I said the current frame is in pretty bad shape.

If after getting started with extended the jambs I feel overwhelmed then I will buy a slab and hinge the door.

Thanks again & I will let you know how it all works out. I'll probably start next Saturday morning.
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Old 09-12-2009, 07:46 PM   #20
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So I hung my door today.... The entire process has been pretty bad in terms of time. I have been at it all day.

The existing jambs were attached to the block wall with nails coming out of the block wall into the jamb. All of this was custom work but rottening so I had to replace it.

My door is up and I have to say I am fairly pleased. My door was too high for the top frame.. the wood part that is.. I also have steel framing at the top part of the depth. This was the only way the outside threshold would be straight all the way across.

Now I have about 6 inches of bare block wall I need to try to fill in. I am thinking pine but I don't know how well I will do.


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