Interior Panel Door - Too Short

Old 12-26-05, 10:39 AM
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Interior Panel Door - Too Short


The previous owners of my house installed carpet over beautiful hardwood floors. They trimmed (shortened) the interior hollow panel doors to fit over the carpet.

I have now removed the carpet and re-finished the hardwood. But the doors are all now about one inch too short.

Is there any reasonable way to lengthen an interior door that won't look too ugly? I think it may be hard to match the texture. I am reluctant to add some type of brass plate or "sweeper" to the bottom of the door.

Any suggestions?


Old 12-26-05, 02:47 PM
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interior panel door too short

If the doors were cut off correctly, surely they replaced the bottom blank into the hollow core to keep the door stiff. If so, you may be able to attach a piece of carefully ripped wood on the bottom, by gluing and brad tacking it to the bottom filler plate on the door. From this point, you will have to fill the crack with a sandable filler, and repaint the door.

Now, if you really want to get involved, you can take the door frame out, cut off 3/4" from the bottom of the side pieces, and reset the frame in the opening. Hopefully there was enough molding to cover the top gap. Replacing the door should leave 1/4" at the bottom.

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