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Re: [Shop-talk] Replacing a Door

To: Ronnie Day <>
Subject: Re: [Shop-talk] Replacing a Door
From: "David C." <>
Date: Tue, 09 Nov 2010 19:09:41 -0800
I can second that.  A year or so ago I decided to get rid of one of the 
garage doors on my shop building.  The shop is a wood framed metal clad 
pole barn and the door was a 10 x 10 foot metal slider.   I framed in 
the opening and left a rough opening for a pair of man doors, then had 
the contractor that built it put siding on my framing job using the 
metal from the old garage door plus some extra I had.  Then I went to an 
architectural salvage place and got two matched exterior doors.  They 
were mortised for hinges but that was all.  (They were also heavy as 
hell.)  I had never hung a single door, let alone a double, but I didn't 
know any better and so framed in the opening and got the doors hung.  By 
myself.  HUGE PITA.  Took all of one day.  Just putting the doors up on 
the hinge pins used up probably a years worth of swearing.  It turned 
out OK.  Don't ask me to do it again.  (The original doors slid sideways 
and were drafty as hell.  Birds could, and did, get in.  I replaced he 
other one with a segmented roll up door that I was smart enough to 
contract out.)

Ronnie Day wrote:
> 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
> pre-hungs.
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