Removing interior steel door frame

Old 10-29-06, 09:05 AM
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Removing interior steel door frame

I live in a '40s apartment with interior steel door frames. I have two separate closets in my bedroom that I would like to open up to one big closet with bi-fold doors, perhaps. Needless to say the frames have been painted about a million time and I see no means by which the frames are attatched to the walls. So before I go tearing up my apartment, probably to my wife's dismay, I'm looking for any insight as to the installation of these doors and advice as to their removal.

FYI, I have moderate DIY experience and the guts to try something new.

Thanks in advance.
Old 10-29-06, 12:26 PM
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I don't think I've encountered steel door that was that old before... but the steel doors and windows that I have seen have always either had a nailing flange on one side that nails to the framing, or metal straps that fold out onto the framing and get nailed. Either way, you'd probably be advised to cut 1 to 1 1/2" of plaster/drywall out around the perimeter of the steel frame in order to remove the frame and expose the method of fastening used.

Keep in mind the size of the door you will be installing (most Rough openings are 82" tall or so) so that you don't tear out too much, if possible. Remember that your new trim will cover up some of the area you tear out too.

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