removing window and installing french doors

Old 03-20-01, 09:51 AM
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Here it is, I have a window that I want to take out and put in french doors. I have the doors(2ft each) but that is it. No frame. How do I build a frame for them? Also my house is double brick and the window is about a 3 ft opening which means enlarging the opening how do I do that? Another option for me is to ditch the doors I have and find some that are the same size as the window opening and then I wont have to make the opening larger and a frame would probably come with the doors. Except when I went to Home Depot they said they don't make french doors that small. I don't want to spend alot on this project. Can you help or point me in the direction of help.

Old 03-22-01, 11:46 AM
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You can do this your self. It is a big mess, and it could go sour on you if you you make a wrong move.

The brick needs to be cut back on one side to make a rough opening at least 2" wider than the doors you have. Then you need to make a door jamb from 1x? to match the thickness of your wall. Install the stops and bore for latch and strike plate, mortise for hinges, etc.

One wrong move and you bought it again.
Old 03-22-01, 10:13 PM
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Since your house is double brick, and the current opening is not wide enough to install french doors in, this project will probably cost you more than you really want to spend to complete it. And that's assuming that you don't run into something unique when you try to widen the opening in the bricks wall.Best bet would be to call a masonary contractor and find out what it will cost to get the opening enlarged to accomodate the doors. Then decide.

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