Add a window to steel clad door?

Old 04-12-07, 06:25 AM
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Add a window to steel clad door?

I'm getting ready to close on a house that needs some rehab and one thing is the front door. It's one of those "steel clad" doors, but it's plain, now window, like a back door might be.

Is it possible to add a window to one of those? I'd rather spend a few bucks and some time than the $150 or so one of the "fan light" ones will probably set me back.

Thanks in advance.

Old 04-12-07, 02:21 PM
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As long as the door is flat, and not a paneled door, you can add a window to it. By window, I am assuming a light panel. When I have done this, I use a drill to mark the corners through the door case to the other side. Connect the dots and cut with a Rotozip. Be aware you will blister some of the paint due to the Rotozips RPM, but that can be overcome. The light you chose should have a frame that can be connected to each other. You can also buy window lights from door manufacturers, cut your own hole and install their light.
Old 04-12-07, 04:45 PM
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I've cut open steel doors using a skilsaw and a steel cutting abrasive blade. I've also used a grinder with a 1/16" abrasive blade.

The only thing I could add to Chandler's comments is that I'm guessing you'll be lucky to find someone to send you the glass and plastic framing for under $100.
Old 04-20-07, 12:31 PM
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it would probably be much more cost-effective and labour efficient to just replace the door altogether.

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