04:20AM | 06/04/02
Member Since: 06/03/02
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Hello everyone...

I recently bought a old house and all the doors are so narrow that it's impossible to get couches through them.

In order to get the furniture through, we had to take the door frames off and since they're off, we're thinking about widening the doors so that we don't have this problem in the furture. However, the question my dad and I have is this: The walls in this house are plaster, which my dad and I don't have much experience with. We want to get some opinions on the best way to widen these doors (just widen, no height involved if possible - they're plenty tall!) having plaster walls? The doors with their current frames were 28 inches across, without their frames they're 32 1/2 inches across. We want to widen them to about 38 inches or so.

Any ideas on what they best way is?

Thanks in advance!



05:26AM | 06/04/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
1678 lifetime posts
I don't know about the plaster part, but you need to consider the headers (above the doors). They may need to be replaced and beefed up.
Also, suggest you go with 36-inch doors as those are standard size and MUCH cheaper to buy off the shelf. Otherwise, you'd probably have to have some custom made.


05:56AM | 06/04/02
Member Since: 06/03/02
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I think I should probably clarify and say door ways...I don't think you'd actually put doors on any of these...I don't know if that makes a difference or not.


11:14AM | 06/08/02
A lot depends on if the openings are in a bearing wall or non-bearing wall. In a bearing wall you would need temporary shoring to hold up what is above while you remove the existing header over the door and replace it with a longer one. The header will also have to be replaced if in a non-bearing wall but the shoring will not be required.

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