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how to cut open door for vent to utilty room


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03-13-15, 04:56 AM   #1  
how to cut open door for vent to utilty room

a relative bought a home with a tiny utility room. it gets super hot in there in winter and they dont want to leave the door open because of the cat. ( also i believe the furnace needs some air too) .

its a 27 inch door which i'm finding is not common at all. so i was thinking just cut the bottom out and put in some kind of vent. is this as easy as it sounds? they said the biggest vent i can find is what they want.

assuming just drill a hole and use jigsaw to cut the outline of the vent. but it should look pretty from the inside and out too. they are fussy.

 
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03-13-15, 05:07 AM   #2  
Measure the decoration on the door (panels) and buy a vent cover that size or larger. THEN cut the hole. Yeah, holes in al 4 corners of the cut and a jig saw should suffice provided it is a wooden door.

 
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03-13-15, 05:59 AM   #3  
If it is a hollow door it will need some reinforcing. Kind of a picture frame tucked between the front and back layers. You would need to rip some wood to the right thickness.

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03-15-15, 07:16 AM   #4  
i was wrong about the door. it measures 29 3/4 wide, 79.5 wide and 1.25 thick

so now that i have it right and a pic, id appreciate ideas..

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03-15-15, 07:29 AM   #5  
I agree with Larry's suggestion... probably the easiest thing for you to do. Rather than measuring the entire door, just measure the area covered by the 2 lower raised panels. If you completely cut them out, (following the edges of the raised panels as you cut through them and the center divider between them) you could cover that one large hole with a couple grilles, inside and out. But as he mentioned, find the grille first... that way you can make sure it will fit the opening. (don't cut into the rails or stiles of the door as that would weaken it). I would think they would make a cold air return grille that's 24 x 30 or so.

The other option is to just buy a louvered door that's 30x80 and fit it to the opening.

Here's a link to one that's already primed.

Masonite Plantation Smooth Full Louver Solid Core Primed Pine Interior Door Slab-11451 - The Home Depot

 
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03-15-15, 10:30 AM   #6  
What about just trimming the bottom to allow enough air gap there?

 
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03-19-15, 11:28 AM   #7  
solution: gas company is gonna clean their ducts and for 100 bucks will put vents in the door. i told them go for it, easier than me playing with it. i had no idea gas company did carpentry. he did say keep that door open all the time, i figured it was air starved. why do townships let this $$$$ get insstalled and not properly have air supply? ugh

 
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