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Hi I'm looking in to putting in a new front door and it measures 34"or 2'10". The R.O. is 36" to jack stud to jack stud . went to home depot and a 34" door is a special order ($150 more). I live in mass and the code is 36" for entry doors. Can I just put in a 34" door by code so wont have to reframe RO or mess with the horse hair plaster around the door?
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You have a code to follow that requires a 36" door, and you want to know if "by code" you can put in only a 32"?
 

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As Dave said, check with B.D. for egress. One door to/from building needs to meet egress, not always the front door. Bedrooms require separate egress.

“Doors & Landings
o Door with direct access to exterior req’d
(not through garage) …………………………….………. [311.4.1]
o Min one exit 3ft wide x 6ft 8in high side-hinged door.
[311.4.2]
o All doors req keyless operation from interior….………. [311.4.4]
o Hallways min 36in wide…………………………………..
[311.3]
o Floor or landing each side of all exterior doors EXC…. [311.4.3]
2 risers OK at exterior door that is not req’d exit……… [311.4.3x]
o Floor or landing [at required exit] max 1½ in bellow
threshold EXC………………………………………….... [311.4.3]
Landing [7¾ in below threshold] OK if door does not
swing over landing.(screen door may swing over)….... [311.4.3x]
o Landing min 36in deep x width of door………………… [311.4.3]
o Exit balconies req positive attachment (lag screws not toe
nails) to resist lateral and vertical forces………………. [311.2.1] “ From: http://orangecountyva.gov/forms/EMERGENCY EGRESS REQUIREMENTS.pdf
Ask them if a patio door will substitute….. Plus, you need an egress/ingress path with lighting.

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I'm sure your 34" door is grandfathered in. Check with your building department. Unless they're complete douchebags, they're not going to make you reframe.
 
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