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03-09-2011 03:37 AM

My friend wants me to help him hang his wooden front door, that was removed for the installation of a new door, in the door opening from his garage to the back yard. What challenges do I face doing this? I haven’t measured anything yet, but I expect the front door to be 1 3/4” wide whereas the garage door probably measures 1 1/4” wide. My first thought Is to replace the door jamb for sure. Is there a difference in the type of door jamb that I need to buy for the 1 3/4” door? Is the only difference in door jambs the location of the door stop, or is the jamb itself wider? This is standard 2×4 construction. Will I have to make any changes in the depth or width of the door jamb? Would you hang the door on the jamb first and then install the “pre hung” door section or would you install the jamb first and then mortise in the hinges in the jamb and hang the door on the jamb?
Your thoughts and suggestions are welcomed.

-- Bob, San Diego

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03-06-2011 08:40 PM

Hey Bob,
You say it’s an exterior garage door to the back yard. So there are several things to consider.
First of all, do you HAVE to use a door that isn’t already pre hung? What is the condition of the threshold?
is there drywall inside the garage?
Sounds like this will be a first time hanging a door. Unless you are up for a challenge and have nothing better to do for the next 8 hrs., I would highly recommend you go to the Big Box and get a Pre Hung, Metal door with a new tight threshold, CNC cut and installed new hardware, magnetic weather stripping, and new brick mold. Hinges are a bitch to get right without jigs. There are too many pre existing conditions to deal with.
With a new door, 1-2 hr. install and it’s perfect. No call backs.

If this was a really nice solid Oak door for the front of the house, It would be worth the effort.

A pre hung, 2 panel 1/2 window door for 179.00 would be real nice. That’s what I have.
Build some adirondack chairs or a blue martin house. Much more fun.

-- mark - Grayslake IL.

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03-06-2011 09:30 PM

Thanks for your response. My friend really wants to use the old door. I agree with you that a pre hung door is much easier to install. I installed seven interior doors in my house. You are also right…the first door took me 6-7 hours to get installed to my satisfaction. YUK! I got better with each door…down to 1-2 hours. A pro would really get a good laugh at that, but I was determined to do it.

The house is Southern California track housing, built on a concrete foundation with no basement. The garage door opens up to a concrete 3’x3’ step. The threshold, if I recall correctly, is mounted into the concrete, and I believe is in fair condition (personally I would replace it). There is no drywall damage.
Setting the door hinges is a big challenge without a jig. Any suggestions?

-- Bob, San Diego

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This is not recommended solution since the size of the both are different which will make a difficult for door to be lock out when required.

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