Removing fixed pane of french-like doors

Old 11-20-10, 11:33 AM
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Removing fixed pane of french-like doors

We've got the pictured door in our basement. I would like to remove the right-hand fixed portion of this door, and replace it with a different door. Anyone know how I might go about removing it from the frame? It's not obvious how it's secured.

And what is this type of door called, anyway? It's not really a french door. Is there a name for it?

Reasoning: We'd like to install a dog door on this side of the house. The problem is that the bottom 1.5 feet or so of the exterior wall is concrete - presumably part of the foundation - so the doorway is the only viable location. I could remove the entire door and replace it with a slider and a dog door insert, but that's a last resort. I'd rather replace the fixed portion of this door with another door panel in which I'd install the dog door.

Any suggestions?

Old 11-20-10, 12:16 PM
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Both doors are part of a single prehung unit, so you cannot simply remove 1 door without affecting the other. The one thing you could do is remove the GLASS from the fixed door by removing the plugs and screws from the interior side of the trim that surrounds the glass and replace it with a piece of wood (likely 3/4" thick, to match the thickness of the double paned IGU) that you could then mount a dog door into. It would look trashy, but would accomplish your purpose. If you save the glass it could always be reinstalled later.
Old 11-20-10, 02:41 PM
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I agree...most doors like you have will have screws though the frame (from the wall side) into the fixed panel. Better to just replace the glass somehow.

btw....what you have is actually "patio side opening" or similar wording. French doors..whether both or one open actually have a larger bottom rail and normally thicker stiles on the sides.

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