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Re: [Shop-talk] Odd-shaped door?

To: Doug Braun <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Odd-shaped door?
From: Pat Horne <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jan 2010 09:15:36 -0600

You won't find the needed door in stock at Home Depot, but they can 
probably order you a custom made door that fits you need. They can 
probably also supply you with the jamb for it. If not, check with some 
of the local building suppliers or window/door shops to see what they 
will charge. Around here (central Texas) the suppliers that the local 
larger contractors deal with can supply any door you like.


Thusly spake Doug Braun, On 1/14/2010 7:58 AM:
> Hello,
> My basement (pretty conventional 70's construction) has a set of steps going 
>out to the back yard, which are topped with a set of "Bilco" steel doors.  
>They keep the rain out just fine, but they are pretty drafty and chilly in the 
>winter.  I was thinking of installing an insulated door at the bottom of the 
>steps.  The problem is that there is no built-in door frame, and the opening 
>is about 4 feet wide by 7 feet high, and I have never seen doors of this shape 
>being sold.
> Has anybody ever seen a pre-built (or made-to-order) door that would be 
>suitable?  Or would have to build the door frame and the door itself from 
>scratch?  Looks, security, and weather resistance are not important, just 
>sealing and insulating ability.
> I guess I could build up something from lumber and plywood, but I am worried 
>that it wold take a couple of iterations to get something that works 
>reasonably well, is mechanically sound, and doesn't scream "Home Depot weekend 
> Thanks,
> Doug
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