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Re: [Shop-talk] Replacing a Door

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Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Replacing a Door
From: Ronnie Day <>
Date: Tue, 9 Nov 2010 09:22:05 -0600
Unless you're experienced in hanging doors, buy a pre-hung unit. We
just went through that with a couple of exterior doors on the place
we're building. Bought a couple of used (solid core/metal clad) doors
and then bought the frame kits from HD. BTW, these frame kits had PVC
about the last 6 inches or so on the side frames. That and several
coats of quality paint MAY prevent rot. Anyway it was such a pain
setting the first one up we ended up going back to HD to look at

They had some "special purchase" units for around $175, a really great
deal. In order to protect the frame we painted the bottom half of the
frames (which did NOT have PVC ends on the frame sides) with a 1 to 4
mix of Penetrol and oil based primer. You need to seal the end grain
of the frame before you install it to prevent water from wicking up
into the wood and eventually rotting it out. Trust me, we found that
out through experience on a remodel of our previous house.

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