How to put a smaller door in a larger door frame.
March 20, 2005 11:24 PM Subscribe
I need to rip an extra-wide door out of our shed and put in a new narrower one. The door frame consists of substantial timbers -- I'm guessing around 3x8 (actual measurements). The floor is cement, there's no bottom frame member. What's the best way to replace the door?
posted by user92371 to home & garden (8 answers total)
Our shed was built by the previous owner, an almost-do-it-yourselfer. He put in a door that swings upward, balanced by a cinderblock on a super-strong thin cable. Fun if you're six years old. I'm wondering what my best option is here, in terms of security and do-ability. I'm leaning toward actually chiselling out a n-inch deep hole (in a box-like form, or, really, the absence thereof) in the cement to place another pole in, then cement in place at the bottom, nail it in place at the top, and secure it to the closest existing pole. Other ideas discarded include a "batten" door made of wood which is less secure than a regular door (you can't put the lock mechanism inside the door because it's too thin), and a sliding door, also eliminated for security reasons.