Access door won't fit between studs


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Old 11-12-20, 08:20 AM
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Access door won't fit between studs

I bought an expensive access door to cover a hole in the drywall made by the previous owners to install custom bathroom plumbing. The access door frame is 14.5 inches wide and extends in 1.25 inches but the distance between the studs is only 14 inches. Is there a way to shave a half inch off one of the studs? It's too late to return the door.
 
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Old 11-12-20, 08:26 AM
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I assume the door is on the surface but has a frame that extends back into the wall and is hitting the studs. I would cut off whatever of the door's frame that is hitting the studs. You probably only need to cut off the vertical part while the horizontal can be left.
 
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It's more work but to maintain more strength I would shave 1/4" of of either side. I've had good luck using an oscillating tool for this kind of work. And you probably don't have to shave off the full width of the stud Any way the door can be remodeled?
 
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The door is made of steel and I can't modify it. I understand that taking 1/4" off each side is a better idea. I've never used an oscillating tool but there are YouTube videos for everything. Would a $100 DeWalt oscillating tool come with the right attachments for what I need to do?
 
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taking 1/4" off each side
1/4 inch is not so much that you would need a saw. You can cut 1/4 inch into the studs at top and bottom of the opening and chisel out the middle.
 
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Use a circular saw:
1. Mark the cut line on the wall surface.
2. Set the depth of cut on your circular saw.
3. Make the cut.
4. Remove the waste wood with a wood chisel.
5. Install the door.
 
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Thanks to everyone who responded. I went to Home Depot yesterday and was amazed at how disorganized the power tools section was. Of all the different tool brands they carry the only oscillating tool I could find was a corded Dremel. It seems simple to use but nothing is ever as simple as it seems. I'll report on how the job went when I finish.
 
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I like 2John's answer. A 1/4" will not affect anything and no special tools short of a chisel is needed.
 
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Unless you need an excuse to buy a useful tool...
 
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The oscillating tool worked perfectly. A job that has been an annoyance for a long time is finally done.


 
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Thanks for letting us know how things worked. Too often we never learn if our advice was taken or if it was good advice.
 
 

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