Replacing shed door

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Old 03-23-20, 11:52 AM
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Replacing shed door

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our house came with a shed on the property that needs a new door. Previous owners put an interior door on the shed which has fallen apart. The frame is also rotted. It's a non standard size so I am trying to decide what to do. Rough opening is 34-3/8 x 77-1/8.

I'm thinking it will be cheaper to just make my own door out of siding and some lumber. To do that, I'll probably need to build some kind of door frame.

Pressure treated for that frame or no?

Tips or things I may not be aware of?
 
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Old 03-23-20, 12:28 PM
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In my experience a shed door is among the easier projects. The greatest concern may be in getting a tight fit, considering that the door can change a bit due to moisture changes. My suggestion is to build it yourself with a lip along the non-hinged sides that will allow for a sight fit. Weather stripping should also be an option. Also, a variety of materials can be used but make certain the exterior is weather protected / sealed. Pressure treated wood could be used for the door but it's not necessary and adds to the weight.
 
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Old 03-23-20, 01:17 PM
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I'm going to use matching siding to the shed. It's 16" tall. Better to put a layer of plywood or OSB under the siding to provide strength? Definitely planning a lip and using weather seals to make for a better seal.
 

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Please post a picture so we can see what your seeing.
If it's all rotten why not just reframe the RO and use a standard prehung door?
When I get stuck doing this job I buy a flat jamb (no brick molding) door and use PVC brick molding since that's the first thing that's going to rot.
 
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If you can keep it dry, OSB is a better option. But OSB takes considerably longer to dry than plywood and will not last as long in wet or damp conditions. Particularly with OSB, try to protect the perimeter.
 
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I actually considered that. But, then I thought about just building one to save some money. Maybe not as much of a money saver when it's all said and done. I'll be looking at $250-$300 for an outswing exterior prehung door from a big box store.
 
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I'll be looking at $250-$300
Thats high, I installed a 30" outswing door (steel 6-panel) on my shed last summer, it was on sale at Menards, If I recall it was only $158!

Granted it's not a premium door, but for an uninsulated shed it's ok. The only thing I noticed was that the sill plate was non adjustable but that has not been a problem over the winter!
 
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I wish I could find one for that price. I'll keep looking. Any chance you have a link to the one you bought. I don't need nice or special. Basic that will stand up to some moisture is all.
 
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Old 03-24-20, 04:51 AM
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https://www.menards.com/main/doors-w...707-c-9356.htm


I dont see the 6 panel door that I purchased, but this is the brand!
 
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Thank you for the link.
 
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Menards is way cheaper than Home Depot and Lowes. Shipping kills it though. Will have to make some calls. Mastercraft is their house brand. It gives me hope. For $200 I would just do a prehung door.

We'll see what we find with more research.
 
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I do not know what is available in your area but a used building materials store may have a used one that would do the job. Or kijiji etc.

Many folks replace an exterior door just for looks so good condition used doors are abundant often prehung.
 
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OK. Silly question. Is there any reason I couldn't take an inswing prehung door and mount the whole thing backwards so it is outswing. The desire for an outswing really makes it more expensive. Cheapest I've found locally is 280 for an outswing door.
 
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The threshold will be backwards and the hinges would be exposed meaning someone could pop them out to get in!

There may be other issues, would have to get a beer and stare at a door for a few minutes!
 
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After your beer or 3, let me know. Not too worried about the popping of the door. Lawn stuff in there and it is behind a fence. It's a risk, but a small one.

It might be better to just make a barn type door and move on with life. It's got to be less than $100 in materials to make a door out of 1x4, OSB and exterior siding. 2 hinges, a sliding lock and it'll be done. Practice for converting the end to double doors so I can drive the riding mower into the end and park it.
 
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