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Old 07-12-10, 07:48 AM
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Close Exterior Door Opening

I have a double sliding door in my kitchen going out to the patio. I would like to extend the counter space on one side, so I want to remove the double slider, frame one side into a wall (with a window) and install a regular door on the other side.

How difficult is this, anything special I need to do?

I will have to special order the siding to match what I've got on the rest of the outside, but is the rest just a simple process (relatively speaking)?

- remove double slider
- frame whole opening, half for wall/window, half for door
- put insulation in frame, plywood, insulation, then siding on one side,
- put drywall on the other side
-install door

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Old 07-12-10, 08:01 AM
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You may have one problem that many folks don't realize. Many (most?) sliding doors are about 2-3" shorter than a regular entry door. At least the rough opening can be. You may have to order a single swing door from a manufacturers patio door line instead of a standard entry door.

You'll need to pull trim and find the actual header to get a good measurement.
 
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You may have one problem that many folks don't realize. Many (most?) sliding doors are about 2-3" shorter than a regular entry door.
Dang, I never realized that - good info
 
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Old 07-12-10, 01:56 PM
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From memory I think the standard slider RO is 72 1/2 x 80 1/2 (or thereabouts)...most entry doors spec 82 1/2-83" ht..with 2" added to the nominal width (IE 36" nom = 38" RO). I could have that slightly reversed...been too long since I had to quote those off the top of my head...lol.

I found out from the opposite problem. A condo/single family home builder back in VA did an entire development using double entry doors to the patio/deck...so after 8-10 yrs people were coming in to buy replacement "patio" doors...problem was they were too short and too narrow.

And then there were companies that made sliders to standard double entry door height and width..which also complicated things. Easier to frame down..but still a complication.

Off the shelf patio double......$299 (junk, yes..but just an example)...special order double entry equivalent...$650 or so...with a 2 week lead time.

My rule since then has been...pull trim and find the R.O.....unless it's all new work.
 
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