Odd Size Interior Doors


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Old 11-11-09, 06:20 PM
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Odd Size Interior Doors

I have a town home built in the 1980's and want to replace the interior doors. I would like to replace the plain old ones with six panel doors. My problem is the original doors measure 27 3/4" wide and the jam is 28". The only doors I find are 28".

Will need to cut the doors down to fit the jam? And if so, will trimming the doors effect the way the door looks and closes? Is there somewhere I can find doors to fit my house?

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Greg
 
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Old 11-11-09, 07:21 PM
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For all of the work that it will take to make slabs fit your existing jambs, why not just replace the doors with pre-hungs? They aren't that much more, but they will save you several hours of fitting on each door.
 
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Old 11-12-09, 06:00 AM
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Oooh, such sage advice. I would also advise replacing casing and all. Getting your new door to match the existing casing and trim will be a bear anyway, so a total replacement will be your best option. The cost won't be that much considering the time it will take you to trim down the doors, remortise the hinges, etc. Remember, you are putting a round door in a square hole so to speak, and you have to make it fit. Buying the unit made in a factory to certain specifications will fit every time.
 
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Well, here is another vote for installing prehungs instead of door slabs. Before you get too involved, I would remove the door casing from one side of the door and verify the rough opening size. You will need 2" wider than the new door you will be installing. So a 28" door needs a 30" rough opening. Good Luck.
 
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Old 11-22-09, 04:26 PM
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Not that I expect to hear back from the OP...but you might be able to buy prehung doors and just swap them for the existing. All depends on how old they are and hinge location.

Prehungs will be easier than doing slabs usually..but it all depends on your skills.

btw...27 3/4 is not odd..thats what prehung doors come as. Why? Dunno...
 
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Old 11-22-09, 06:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Gunguy45
Not that I expect to hear back from the OP...but you might be able to buy prehung doors and just swap them for the existing. All depends on how old they are and hinge location.

Prehungs will be easier than doing slabs usually..but it all depends on your skills.

btw...27 3/4 is not odd..thats what prehung doors come as. Why? Dunno...
If you can find out what brand they are the hinge location may be exactly the same.

Doors are always slightly undersized. Not to mention if you measure it on the stop side of the door it will be about an 1/8" smaller because of the slight bevel on the doors leading edge. This allows for tighter fit to the jamb, and clearance so the door doesn't rub the jamb when closing.
 
 

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