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Installing a larger exterior door.


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06-04-13, 06:08 AM   #1  
Installing a larger exterior door.

I currently have a 32 inch exterior door to my house and I would like to install a 36 inch. The room in which the door will be installed is currently just studded walls. The problem I notice is there is no bottom plate. Well there is its just in the basement. about a foot below the first floor. Is it viable to frame a larger door or am I SOL? The house was built in 1920.

 
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06-04-13, 06:16 AM   #2  
Need some pictures inside and out.
Sounds like you may have what's called ballon framing.
What's on the outside for siding?

 
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06-04-13, 06:34 AM   #3  
I will take some pictures I have vinyl siding outside.

 
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06-04-13, 06:44 AM   #4  
Here are some pictures of the door and wall

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06-04-13, 06:53 AM   #5  
That's ballon framing all right.
Once the doors out your going to have to build what amounts to a knee wall at the bottom for the new threshold to sit on. Often times the old threshold in an old house like that is just sitting on the old floor joist.
Also going to most likly has to do some new framing so there's a header over the door.
While those walls are open make sure you add fire blocking at the top and bottom of those walls and seal up any place you find where the wiring goes through the top and bottom.

 
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06-04-13, 07:17 AM   #6  
Thanks a lot...sounds like a fun bit of work i have to do...The old threshold is sitting on a 2x4 which is on top of the floor joists.

 
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06-04-13, 07:29 AM   #7  
I've looked at some other forums about balloon framing. Do I have to use one of the current studs as a king joist to run the header to? Unfortunately next to my exterior door they ran the plumbing drain through the wall. So I would have to make the door offset from the front of the house.

 
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06-04-13, 08:46 PM   #8  
Unfortunately next to my exterior door they ran the plumbing drain through the wall. So I would have to make the door offset from the front of the house.
Or offset the drain line.

 
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