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Need advice adjusting door frame to install 36" storm door

Old 09-16-21, 09:35 PM
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Need advice adjusting door frame to install 36" storm door

I want to install a 36” storm door on my existing door. Currently it was not fitted for a storm door, but from the way the brick molding / wood framing was set, it looks possible. But I am afraid that we must score, or cut, some of the current trim. Please see the attached photo for the original door + the current trim around the door frame. I confirm that the door inside is 36” wide. The white frame, however, has a gap that is only 34 7/8" wide. I do not want to install a 34” storm door because that would narrow the entrance, and makes appliance and other furniture transfer much more difficult.

Original front door before storm door was installed.

Assuming that we can proceed with a 36” door (please say something if this is not possible), one scenario is to remove the outside trim and replace it with a new brick molding that is less wide than the current one, which then allows the 36” storm door to be installed. Another is to “score” the current brickmolding in-place. But I don’t know if this is doable and if the result will be good.

Note the dimensions of the opening on the white frame around the door:

* width = 34 7/8"
* height = 80 1/4"
* depth ~ 4"

My thought is to install this Andersen
2500 self-storing window: https://custom.homedepot.com/custom-...andard/7202-No
Any advice on how to proceed will be appreciated!



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Old 09-17-21, 06:06 AM
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You will need to remove the brickmould, which is the 2" trim around the door perimeter and replace it with some 5/4" PVC trim (5/4 means it is 1" thick) that would have cut on a table saw to be the right width for each side. You are supposed to have a 1/2" step around your door jamb on all 3 sides... kind of like how it is on top, but exactly 1/2.

So you will need a table saw, the PVC lumber, such as a couple 5/4 x 4 x 8 and some composite screws. Cut the caulk, pry the brickmould off, then measure how wide each trim needs to be in order to make that step be 1/2". (This will create a space that is 36" wide for the storm door.) Rip those on the table saw and screw them on. Then your storm door will fit.
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I had a similar situation when I installed a storm on my front door. In my case I did not have to remove any of the existing molding but I did rip strips of PVC sheet to space the storm out away from the main door. Before starting measure how far the storm door's handle protrudes to the inside and make sure when you create the extensions to mount your storm that it is spaced far enough out that the door handles don't hit each other.

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