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Old 09-24-2010, 12:46 AM   #1
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Installing non pre-hung doors


So here is my problem:

My wife and I bought our house several years ago and in our bed room our closet had two bifold sliding doors. She hates them and has been my case to replace for years.

I went to Lowes today and bought two slab doors that will fit, but here is my question. Is there an easy to figure out how far in I need to mortise out my hinge on the door frame. Obviously there is no mortise there at the moment. I obviously want my doors to be square and not stick out, just not sure how to make that happen.

I know there is probably a way. I have a router and all the necessary tools to make it happen, just looking for an easy way to do it. Thanks so much.

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Old 09-24-2010, 07:01 AM   #2
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You said, "bifold sliding doors", which is it??? Sliding(bypass) doors are usually in an opening that is about 1" less than bifold doors. That is a big difference when you try to install hinged doors. That requires cutting down the doors or modifying the opening, cutting the doors is the usual option.

As to the how, look at the hinged doors around the house. That will give you an idea of what goes where.

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Well here are a couple of door and jamb hinge template kits

http://www.coastaltool.com/a/accessories/door_acc.htm

http://www.coastaltool.com/a/port/59381.htm

http://www.coastaltool.com/bosch/83038.htm
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Won't the OP have to frame/rock & trim a small wall in the middle of that door opening so those doors will stop & latch? Probably means cutting the doors.
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Won't the OP have to frame/rock & trim a small wall in the middle of that door opening so those doors will stop & latch? Probably means cutting the doors.
Not if they plan on using ball catches on the top edge of each door. The doors will close like french doors, with just a slight (1/8") gap between them. The knob on each door should be a dummy knob.
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