10:01PM | 08/02/05
Member Since: 08/02/05
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Recently my door to the garage (the one that goes into the house) stopped working. And although it is a manual door- it just wouldn't close anymore. I removed a spring box which is attached to the door in which I am able to close it, but I must now lift the door so that it will fit into the frame part.

(I guess it could be planed?) I remember at one point the building inspector said it needed to be replaced a year ago because it wasn't up to code. Yet I noticed a crack near the hinge in the door. What codes are to be followed when replacing a door (does it need to be solid or be made of special material to prevent CO gas from entering the house?) Is this something that is a "do-able" one person job or should it be listed to a handyperson? If I am looking for a handyperson, about how much would I pay ballpark (so I truly wouldn't get ripped off.) If it is a "do-able" project for a one person (me) could do, what are the steps?

How much should the appropriate door weigh?

Thanks for posting back.



11:58PM | 08/03/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
91 lifetime posts
The new door needs to be a fire rated door.

The door & frame will have to be replaced.

It is a one man job, but not easily done by a novice.

the cost to have a pro install one is variable, but about 4 to 6 hours labor would not be unusual. If everything went perfectly, 2 to 3 hours could do it.


07:04AM | 08/04/05
Member Since: 04/25/05
1918 lifetime posts
You need to check to see what is needed in YOUR AREA.

There are several different codes and local areas often make some modifications in them.

The 2000 IRC code requires one of the following.

1 3/8" (interior door width) solid wood door,

1 3/8" steel, either solid or honeycomb.

20 minutes fire rated.

And no requirement for self closers.

Other areas might require 60 minutes fire rated and/or self closers.


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