01:33PM | 05/27/04
Member Since: 05/26/04
3 lifetime posts

I just bought a steel door w/ frame.

I would like to install it in my basement

to make an entrance to my garage.

The wall is a hollow cinder block that is 3 and 5/8inches thick. But first I have to knock a hole in the wall.

The door frame height is 82inches tall and the ceiling is about 84 and 1/2 inches from the floor. leaving only 2 1/2 inches to work with.

I wanted to cement this door frame in place.

Does anyone have any helpful advice or tips?

I can't seem to find any info on this type of installation.

Is there a guide out there somewhere?

I don't want to use wood in the installation except to maybe temporary hold in place and not as headers or trimmer studs. Unless that is the norm, I don't know.




08:33PM | 05/30/04
Member Since: 05/26/04
3 lifetime posts
It seems I'm alone on this one.

Well today I started cutting through

the cinder blocks and they are not hollow.

I used a circular saw

with a 7in masonary disc.

and I used my angle ginder alittle.

Boy what a lot of dust, no joke, my whole house has dust all over the place.

Warning for anyone attempting this it was pitch black in my basement.

I did use a plastic sheet to try to contain the dust but I did a bad job, really wasn't air tight. I definately paid the price for that. the wall is 3 5/8 inches thick so I could not cut through from one side. I had to cut from both sides cutting about 1 1/2 inch from each. I didn't finish cutting through all the way, it's difficult to a line the cut line from both sides of the wall, so I drilled plot holes and used some wood 1x3 7ft high,

securied to wall as guides.

Still didn't get the cut line the same on both sides, I'm pretty much disappointed.

I called it a day after 4hours or so.

I'll continue in a few days, not to **** my neighbors off, on account of the noise.

I'll update when I make so progress.

thanks for reading.


PS I'm starting to think may be I should have got a professional to do this.

Not that it's super hard but it's a headache to clean and worried about the final outcome.


02:15PM | 06/02/04
Member Since: 05/26/04
3 lifetime posts
Well yesterday,

I finished knocking out the wall.

What I did was,

In my basement I made a containment unit,

something like a phone booth, it's made of 2 x 3's and plastic sheets, duct tape, staple gun. It worked great to contain the dust.

Then I used a new masonary disc 7in to continue to make the cuts deeper, since the first one I used had worn away to about 4inches.

I also used a chisel and hammer to help knock out the wall.

I bought a sleg hammer but didn't use it.

The top of the wall came out in the size of brick sections. (using a regular hammer)

The lower half came out as a whole piece.

There are small problems such as, some bricks got broken off too much and will need repairing. 1 came out completely.

I also messed up by cutting the bricks in certain areas way off on account of the dark dust, I couldn't see through it.

I'll continue when I get some needed rest and sleep.


Now to dump the mess somewhere?


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