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Old 09-12-2015, 10:22 PM   #1
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Replacing Therma-tru Fiberglass


I'm hoping someone has experience with this. I have an existing, installed Therma-tru fiberglass front door. I'd like to replace the door with one manufactured by Jeld Wen. From experience, I've learned that a 3068 door isn't always a 3068 door. I'm hoping to pull the pins and replace the door. Obviously, if the hinges didn't line up, i'd need to correct that. My primary concern is being able to utilize the installed Therma-tru door jamb with the new Jeld Wen door. Any suggestions?
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Does ThermaTru not have a slab you like?

Do you have some carpentry skills?

Just measuring the tip to tip size on the slab should tell you if it will fit.
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Assuming the new door is wood:
The new door needs to be the same size, or a little larger then the old door.
Cut the door to size.
Route the hinges and hang the door.
Lines up the locks with the frame and cut the lock bore holes.
Install the locks.
Done
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Just to be sure.
Place the old door atop the new door and trace, then cut...
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Thanks to all that have taken the time to reply. I likely didn't explain the process very well. The Jeld Wen door would be a special order. So I don't have the luxury of measuring it and ensuring it is the same size. I was hopeful that someone had already taken a Therma-tru door down and replaced it with a Jeld wen door.
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Thanks to all that have taken the time to reply. I likely didn't explain the process very well. The Jeld Wen door would be a special order. So I don't have the luxury of measuring it and ensuring it is the same size. I was hopeful that someone had already taken a Therma-tru door down and replaced it with a Jeld wen door.
It doesn't work like that. Manufacturers can change door configurations so while the door slab you bought before might not be the same size door as today. There also might be a different size for a JELD-WEN pre hung vs. the JELD-WEN slab.
You need a specific dimension. Go to the people who sell the doors and have them get you that dimension.
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The stops, weather strips and the lock holes may not line up. I would change the whole thing.
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The stops, weather strips and the lock holes may not line up. I would change the whole thing.
Stops and weather stripping do not line up. They are "in place". Exterior doors are a specific thickness. The same specific thickness in modern doors.
The issues are
1. You cut the hinge locations in the exact same place.
2. You cut the lock locations in the exact same place.

If the poster has that skill set, he will be fine. If not, he will be screwed.
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