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Pella storm door doesn't fit new construction home front door


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07-17-16, 05:45 PM   #1  
Pella storm door doesn't fit new construction home front door

The width from the inset of the door jam to the otherside inside measures 35 and 3/8ths.. it seemed like the standard for new home front doors is to buy a 36 inch storm door. The storm door is too snug to fit to the frame. Am i doing something wrong, or do i need to order a custom door? I figured with a new construction house this should be pretty cut and dried to do.

Would trying a larson possibly make a difference? I would hate to start modifying the door jams on a new home just for a storm door.

Attached is a picture of how the frame looks. Should i be attaching the hinge rail to the inside of the inset of the door jam or outside? If i do the inside, then the measurement is,34 7/8ths... but the right side sits in a little more than the left and the door would then be pretty close to the inside door's handle. I don't do this for a living but i feel like this model door just isn't going to work.

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07-17-16, 05:54 PM   #2  
http://www.lowes.com/pd/Pella-Select...Frame/50374492

This was the door btw.

 
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07-17-16, 06:16 PM   #3  
You'll have to build out the stile of the right hand side of the door to match the depth of the brick mold and also set it back to match the depth of your storm door. Note on the picture the difference in set back of the wood pieces.

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07-17-16, 06:25 PM   #4  
Larry is right on the mark. Nothing wrong with your storm door. You will need to add a 1" thick trim onto the mullion, stepped back about 1/2 - 5/8"... so that the distance from the left brickmould to that new trim is 35 7/8 - 36". A strip of 5/4 pvc would work perfectly.

 
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07-17-16, 07:00 PM   #5  
Thanks guys, when you say brick mold, what part of the frame is considered the brick mold?

 
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07-17-16, 07:19 PM   #6  
The 2" wide perimeter trim that has the ogee on the front. Its usually 1" thick on the narrow side, not 1 1/8. [ATTACH=CONFIG]68546[/ATTACH]

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07-17-16, 07:41 PM   #7  
Okay i see now. Thanks sleeper! And I will just use the wood to build it out and just paint it so everything matches. And finally since the door will be anchored to the trim, what is the best way to secure the additional trim board? I was thinking screws every foot or so rather than nails, offset from where the storm door screws will go, caulk around the seems and paint. What do you guys reccomend and about what size.

 
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07-17-16, 07:53 PM   #8  
Sure. An exterior trim screw. (Stainless steel or ceramic coated) 2 1/4" long or so.

 
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07-17-16, 08:03 PM   #9  
Thanks! I will update pictures with finished product whenever i get time again to get around to it again. Maybe next weekend.

 
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07-18-16, 04:20 AM   #10  
Just for information purpose...Larson makes the Pella brand name door. Not to be confused with Pella windows. Separate company.

 
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07-18-16, 04:50 AM   #11  
Ah, didn't know that. At least i know now then that having gotten the Larsen named doors wouldn't have fit any differently then.

 
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07-29-16, 03:35 PM   #13  
Bam!!............................................

 
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07-29-16, 05:46 PM   #14  
I like it. ____________________

 
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