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Old 06-25-2014, 10:19 PM   #1
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Building doors for shed/barn


How do you guys build your doors for your sheds/barns? do you build a jam and hang the door after the framing is complete as you would in a regular house, or do you just hang the door directly in the rough opening and attach your door stop to the RO itself?

I'm building a barn, and it's going to have a double door in the front (~8'x8') and a regular door on each side.
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:42 AM   #2
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You want to build a jamb for the door.This give you room between the jamb and framing to level and plumb the door.
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Old 06-26-2014, 09:24 AM   #3
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Barns and sheds almost never have jambs, just the rough framing left exposed.
Depends a lot on what type siding your planning on when deciding how the doors hung.
Biggest mistake I see is not using three hinge's, and using to small a hinge.
If there going to be made out of something like T-111 consider making it a flush mount door and do not have the 1 X trim on the outside of the door frame and the exposed cross bucks on the door.
They look nice for a while but it's always the first place it's going to start rotting because the wood sticking out acts like a ledge to hold water.
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:10 AM   #4
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Is your barn stick built or a pole barn? What kind of siding? As joe said use 3 heavy duty hinges.
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I have done as Joe said,in the past ,and hinged directly to the framing.You post says "Barn/shed" which could be a lot of things.It all depends on the footing,foundation or whatever the structure is sitting on.These structures settle.When they do the doors start do bind.That's why I use jambs.When the structure settles and the doors bind it's a simple matter to readjust the jamb if this happens.It does not always happen but I still like the jamb and it makes it easier to trim out if you want to.
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Why not use sliding barn doors like in the link below?
http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=...on&FORM=RSRIMG
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I'm trying to make my new shed match up with the garage it's attached to.

Since the garage has an OH door which sets back from the face about 8" --and I happened to have a couple of 2x8's handy when I thought about this-- I used them as the inboard jack for the (72" clear) shed door header. (link to thread with pics)

I plan to add a 2x4 to the face of that 2x8 (and block/support it all well), run that down to the concrete, and then triple hinge a pair of 36" home built doors. It should work out OK.

Until I change my mind again the doors will be a 2x4 frame laid sideways with a veneer of the same siding the walls get on top of that --and probably some rubber weatherstripping at the edges.

More pics to follow.

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Barn doors are such a cool look!
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