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How to fix antique exterior French doors! Missing glass and broken door jam:(

How to fix antique exterior French doors! Missing glass and broken door jam:(


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Old 10-29-21, 08:50 PM
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How to fix antique exterior French doors! Missing glass and broken door jam:(

Seems the paint needs to be gently sanded away..? It’s flaking off.

measures about a half inch too big to close, and the wind bangs it open and breaks the glass…can I use plexiglass..?

should I just cut the doorway/doorframe bigger so it fits normal new exterior doors and scrap these ones..?

keep in mind I will be living in it so it needs to be as airtight as possible..






 
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Old 10-29-21, 10:36 PM
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Is it fixable? Sure, but that would be a major restoration project and one if you hired it out would be seriously expensive.
Are you particularly attached to the door or would you be okay with replacing it?
You mentioned cutting the doorframe bigger? How big is the opening at the moment?
 
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Old 10-30-21, 03:30 AM
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"measures about a half inch too big to close"
Doors are not installed "too big". Something has changed and it looks like at least one door is coming apart at the seam making it wider. I would also look to see if the hinges are pulling loose allowing the doors to sag together making it appear as though the opening is too small.

"the wind bangs it open and breaks the glass…can I use plexiglass..?"
The correct approach is to simply stop the doors from banging. A working latch, chain or hydraulic closers will stop the door from swinging free in the wind. Plexiglass and Lexan can be used instead of glass but I find them a poor alternative that is easily scratched.
 
 

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