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BonnieBoo

07:56PM | 10/20/12
Member Since: 10/20/12
1 lifetime posts
Bvwindows
I'd love to replace a 2nd window in my bedroom with an exterior door to my backyard. The window is 29" wide & fits exactly in the recessed window opening. I can't find a pre-framed door that's 29" wide (making the door about 28"). I'd also like the top half to have glass, to keep the bedroom light.
I'd appreciate DIY instructions for opening the sheetrock wall, widening & studding for the narrowest door allowed by Code (probably 30"), installing a header (the window is about 2" lower than a door should be), etc. I've gotten outrageous estimates & it's a job I think I can handle with a friend or two.
In desperation, I thought of getting a recycled wooden door, ripping it to 28-1/2" & hinging it to the studs already in the wall! I'd add stops & a doorknob. Am probably crazy, but didn't they do it that way in the Old West?
Any instructions U can share? Many thanks!

LarryG

08:32AM | 10/28/12
Member Since: 07/22/04
530 lifetime posts
I would leave this to a professional. This is something that needs to be right to be safe and secure.

BV000318

07:12PM | 02/04/13
Changing your own window and door, I don't think you are crazy at all and its possible with the help of a friend but keep in mind that if you don't do it right will end raising your energy bills due to poor insolation. But again the choice is yours.

BV000947

10:14AM | 05/06/13
DIYer - are you gifted in this area? If not, get a pro. I live in a house where a previous owner who thought he was a handy DIYer really screwed up a lot of things.
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