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Old 07-20-15, 07:38 AM
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New Front Door

I am going to replace my front door soon that is rotting away on the frame. My home was built in 2002 and it was not put in correctly. I need to know basically 2 things.

1, How can I prevent the frame from rotting again?

2, I have to install it higher. I need it higherName:  diy door.jpg
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Size:  19.4 KB because when they built my home, they put the door in first and didn't think about raising it when they put in tile flooring which left no space under the door to have a door mat.

Pics of current door and the one I have coming Friday. Hoping for some fun replacing it...
 
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Old 07-20-15, 09:23 AM
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1. Properly flashing and caulking to keep water out is the best way to prevent rot.

2. Do you have enough rough opening height to raise the door?
 
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Yes, I have at least 1 1/2" on top. What should I use under the door to raise it? I was thinking about using PVC material to raise it. What do you think?
 
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Are you sure you have 1.5"? The rough opening is the 2x studded opening you have when the door and sidelight are removed. You can remove the top casing on the inside to see how much space there is.
 
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I can't see you raising it very much with that stone facade. You'd have to cut the brickmold on the top.
 
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I have the trim removed inside and outside and there is 1 5/8" space between the top of door frame and the rough opening. I need to figure out how much I want to raise it to be able to have a rug at the door.
 
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I think I can just raise it 1/2" to be able to have a door mat inside. Could I use the 1/2" PVC material to raise it? If not, what else can I use?

I can't wait for this door to come. Friday is coming too slow!
 
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A couple years ago I started experimenting with PVC. So far I have not had any troubles so I'd say it could work underneath your door. I use DUO-SIL as a caulk and adhesive and have had very good luck with it as well.
 
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That sounds great, thanks
 
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