odd size storm door

Old 07-29-07, 04:07 PM
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odd size storm door

I recently removed the original trim package from one of our entry doors, only to find the builders didn't center the door in the opening. The structure is cinderblock, faced with brick, and the door jamb is fastened to one side with cut nails, and possibly below the sill. The top and other jamb are free, held in place by the trim and sheetrock. ( The top of the rough opening is 2 1/2" from the door frame, and is a steel lentil, so I don't see that as a surface that can be used for anchoring.)

The problem now is when I install brick molding, the reveals are not equal - in fact one side projects 3/4" over the jamb into the opening. I've made this presentable, with some trim, but now I have a 34 & 5/8" opening on the brick molding, making a standard storm door install a bit of a puzzle.

To do this totally right, I figure the door should be removed, centered and re-installed, and fastened to both walls, in the center. I've neither the time or patience for that job, so I 'd like some suggestions on how to adjust this opening to accomdat a standard-sized storm door. My alternative is to order a custom size for about $50 - $100 more, which my be the most cost effective option.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Old 07-29-07, 05:37 PM
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You will need to rip down the brick molding to fit more appropriately. From what I gather from your post, when you put the brick mold on the side, it was wider than the space available. Therfore it overlapped the jamb and you shimmed out the trim to make it look correct. What I would have done is....

Measure and cut the top piece of brick mold to allow for a standard 1/4" reveal when the side pieces were installed. Trim the points of the top piece of Brickmold to fit the actual opening. Measure and Rip the Side brick moldings down to fit with the brick molding you installed along the top and accommodate the different widths. The result is that the molding is centered on the door and not the brick. This will also not interfere with the installation of a storm door and you can utilize a standard size.

Possibly confusing to describe but had to do this on an entry door install last week and the results were outstanding.

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