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Old 08-31-2009, 11:26 AM   #1
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HELP -- Entry front door suggestion


1) We want to replace out front entry door. We have a perfectly solid jam. Would it be wise to replace just the door? It is a standard 36" wide door.

2) Our dilemma is that our jam is 6" wide and the In-stock door are typical 4 1/2" wide. To special order will be hike the price almost 50% more than the entry door on hand.

2) Another solution recommended was to add the extra 1 1/2" to the 4 1/2" to round up 6" . My question is; will this look tacky or a good solution to the problem? Will the add-on be covered or seen?

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Old 09-01-2009, 06:01 AM   #2
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Newer doors have much better weatherstripping systems than do older door frames. And bringing older frames up to par is sometimes not simple, and a new door blank has to be carefully fitted. I vote for the complete new door, even if the cost might be higher. Check local lumberyards for the best cost, avoid big box.

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Overall I do agree with Bill that new complete door units are better than the older units in a number of ways. Buying just a "slab" and trying to fit it into your existing door frame will not be easy for the novice DIY. The new 4 1/2" wide jamb can be fitted into the existing 6" wide rough framed area, and will look good if you take your time and do it right. I don't try to make jamb extensions match perfectly, actually I set them back about 1/8" for a little "reveal". It looks better than two pieces of wood you are trying to mate and don't fit properly. Good Luck, David
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