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Re: [Shop-talk] Replacing a Door

To: Douglas Braun <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Replacing a Door
From: David Scheidt <>
Date: Sun, 7 Nov 2010 20:49:37 -0500
On Sun, Nov 7, 2010 at 7:57 PM, Douglas Braun <> wrote:
> Hello,
> The door between my laundry room and (unheated) garage is a cheapo
> hollow-core type, basically two sheets of Masonite with a web of
> cardboard between them. B  It is flimsy and insecure, and in the winter
> you can feel the cold seeping through it. B I was thinking of replacing
> it with a nicer metal one that is foam-filled. B I was wondering:
> 1: Do current building codes call for a fire-resistant door between a
> garage and the living area? B (The existing door dates from the 70's.)

Yes.  Or, at least, the ones I've dealt with do.

> 2: The doors I see at HD, etc. are all pre-hung. B Do you think it
> would make more sense to discard the frame that comes with the door
> (or maybe order a non-hung version) and fix the door to the existing
> frame, or rip out the existing frame and use the new one? B One
> downside of ripping out the old frame is that I would have to re-do
> the surrounding trim.

What kind of shape is the frame in?  The door you put on it is going
to weigh a whole heck of a lot more than an interior door.

> Thanks,
> Doug
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