Metal doorframe removal

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Old 04-01-12, 09:55 AM
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Metal doorframe removal

My daughter and I would like to remove an old metal interior kitchen doorframe (door is long gone) in her apartment to open up the space a little and to bring in a new fridge that will not fit through the tight opening. We plan to replace it with a wooden frame. My daughter and her husband cut into the wall by the door and found that walls are plaster and the doorframe is hollow metal. The jambs go down into the floor. I bought a sawzall. I'm eager to do this, but the "super" says the metal extends a ways under the wooden saddle. I would like to cut the jambs off at the bottom and leave the metal sill in the floor. There's a wooden saddle I would remove first. Does this sound do-able? Advice welcome! Thanks.
 
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Old 04-01-12, 11:35 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Get permission in writing before you begin the work. Yes, you can cut the frame up off the floor on the "legs". Look at the top inside of the frame. Do you see two screw holes, one on each side? You will need to loosen those screws as that is what the original installer used to plumb it up. At the bottom you most likely will encounter straps that are fastened to the bottom plate. You will need to do some digging into the plaster back to the lath and framing to locate them. Cutting through them shouldn't be a problem if you can't pull the fasteners out. Once you cut the legs, bring the frame inward on both sides and pull down on the header piece.
 
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