11:13AM | 06/04/06
Member Since: 06/03/06
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we recieved a set of wood sliding glass doors,well there bigger than our aluminum ones how can we redo this and make the frame larger to fit these new doors.stephanie,mi.

stephanie mi.


07:34PM | 06/04/06
Member Since: 04/28/06
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If you need to make the opening taller, use a reciprocating saw and cut out part of the header. The wood header is on the top of the rough opening and is typically 6" to 12" in height. Aluminum patio doors are usually about 80" tall, and wood or wood/clad doors are usually either 81" to 81-1/2" tall or a "retrofit" size of 80" tall. I'm guessing if the height is the issue you'll need to cut out 1" to 1-1/2" to make it fit.

If you need to make the width wider, it may or may not be an easy fix. Typically you have a double stud on each side. You could potentially take out the 1st stud on each side (the "shoulder stud," which holds up the header) and substitute a 1x4 in its place. You would gain an extra 3/4" per side. This is possible assuming that your exterior siding (brick, stone, aluminum, stucco, vinyl, etc.) is wide enough to allow you to make the stud rough opening bigger. Otherwise you would have to cut the siding as well. If the opening needs to be made larger than 1-1/2", then swapping studs is not possible - you have to reframe the rough opening and put in a new larger header.

Keep in mind that building inspectors normally frown upon substituting the shoulder studs or cutting into the header. The safe thing for them to say is to open up the wall and completely reframe the entire rough opening.

Bottom line - If you're doing it yourself and you're only altering the opening by an inch or so, I don't see any harm in slightly modifying the opening.


04:41AM | 06/05/06
Member Since: 06/03/06
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thank you so much that helps us out alot.stephanie

stephanie mi.


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