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  1. Windows and Doors
    Hi everyone, I have a Labor Day weekend project I'd like to tackle and I have some questions I'm hoping one of the many experts here can help out with. We have this old exterior door that I'd like to rehab with a good sanding and painting. I'll also try to shine up the kick plate if I can...
  2. Building & Construction
    Hey all, I have [what might be] a dumb question.... I am working on enclosing my back porch, which is currently 3 open walls sitting on a cement slab. I keep reading that you just cutout the needed amount from the bottom/sill plate for the door to fall into after framing the whole wall. When...
  3. Windows and Doors
    Hi all. I am interested in replacing our side entry door with a pre-hung door. It currently sits recessed, about 1" to the drywall (i.e. there is small drywall return). I would like to recess this further creating a more pronounced drywall return (perhaps 3 .5 inches). The depth of the wall is...
  4. Windows and Doors
    I need to replace two exterior doors on an old house. The doors on both openings are left hand inswing (due to outdoor obstructions we have to stay with inswing). Both were previously hung with wood doors, but I'd like to get prehung HVHZ fiberglass flush doors so I won't have an issue with rot...
  5. Windows and Doors
    Hi all, I'm planning to replace the exterior entry door in the back of my house. Current door is original (1953), warped, and leaking a lot of air. Bear with me, I've never installed a door before, I have some newbie questions! The door itself measures 32" x 80". I removed the interior trim...
  6. General DIY Discussions
    Howdy folks, I use several specialized forums from time to time and I really appreciate the help that the members give to the uneducated (me). Bless you all. I'm repainting my exterior metal door and replacing the weather stripping. However, I haven't been able to find a replacement weather...
  7. Windows and Doors
    I am looking to replace the entry door to my garage. The current door is for 2x4 walls so it isn't deep enough for 2x6 walls. Also the block rough opening is 44" wide and the door is a 36" door. The gaps are filled with OSB and it just doesn't look good (see pics). I found a few doors that would...
  8. Carpentry
    I'm hoping someone here can help. I located two beautiful doors to use as sliding entry to our living room. On closer inspection, we realized a very incompetent nincompoop had cut about a little over 2" off the top. These doors have leaded glass. I can't imagine what they were thinking. Of...
  9. Windows and Doors
    The jamb at the top of the front door to my house has separated at a finger joint. The result is the door has tilted and is no longer level. It does still lock without issue- just luck I think. However, I'd like to take care of it before it won't close or lock at all. It seems to be worse in...
  10. Carpentry
    I bought an entry door at an auction with a 6 9/16" extension jamb. Non refundable, non returnable. Unfortunately, my house was framed with 2by4s, so the extension jamb is too wide for my existing door frame. We are in the middle of a major remodel- adding a second story and widening the...
  11. Windows and Doors
    I want to replace an exterior door that is on a cement sill. I am only replacing the door, not the side window as shown in the window. The next image shows the cement sill carrying into the house. The replacement door is pre-hung and must be installed with its own frame in order to qualify for...
  12. Windows and Doors
    We're getting new siding, and in the process, have just had a new pre-hung Thermatru fiberglass door installed. I'm concerned that the aluminum sill is supposed to have more support than it does - currently, the aluminum sill protrudes about 1 1/2 inches from the support - I took a tape measure...
  13. Building & Construction
    My house was built using 3/8" drywall, both inside and as sheathing. The rough opening appears to be able to accommodate a standard pre-hung door, which I've already purchased on sale. The problem is that standard jamb widths are 4 9/16". The door jamb will have roughly a 1/4" to 5/16" overhang...
  14. Windows and Doors
    I have a vestibule-type entrance to a basement. It is a concrete enclosure of about 15x15 with a 10' ceiling. Inside the enclosure is the steel door to the basement. The enclosure has a couple of windows for light, and concrete stairs that lead up out of the enclosure to the yard. I want to...
  15. Carpentry
    Hi All, I have a 24X24 pole barn type garage with metal siding. It has a side entry door that I am having a problem with. The threshold is aluminium and is beat up rather badly from taking my troy-bilt tiller through it. I originally built a concrete ramp to the door to prevent this yet it...
  16. General DIY Discussions
    Hope someone can help. I have an exterior door that I need to stop so that it does not knock into my blinds (particularly the valance). I don't want to put a door stop into the floor as it is a nice hardwood floor and the stop might cause accidents. It's in a condo and the condo is about to...
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