Purchasing used doors

Old 03-06-08, 03:43 AM
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Purchasing used doors

I want a back door with some sort of window in it. I have been pricing new doors and used doors at the local recycle place. The price difference is significant BUT there has to be a big catch.

Most of them have no jams. If I should find a door the same size what else should I look for? I realise that the hinges may not be in the right place as well as the locks but since it is painted I don't imagine it would be much for me to fill those areas in with a small piece of wood and filler.

Any thoughts/advise.
Old 03-06-08, 03:52 AM
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Buying a used door for the exterior is usually not a good idea. They are not as energy efficient as a new prehung door system. And to make it energy efficient, would likely cost more than a new door.
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Do not give up just yet. Price the used door. Go to a home center and price a jamb kit. Then price the brick mold. Then decide.
If you need the jamb kit, you can mortise the hinge slots to match the hinge placement on the used door. Same goes for the striker plate location for the latch. Good luck with your decision.

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