07:09PM | 08/28/05
Member Since: 08/27/05
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I am a single female who has unfortunatly not been real handy so far but I am trying. I need to replace my front exterior door and my question is do I need to replace the frame as well. I have been to 2 major home improvement stores and am getting different answers. Also, if my 14 yr old will help is this something we can tackle ourselves or do we need to call backup. I am not real crafty but did put her desk/bookshelf and some other items together-yes they are still holding up!


10:56PM | 08/28/05
Member Since: 07/01/05
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The likelihood that you are able to successfully install a door without a knowledgeable mentor is remote.

While the skills & tools needed are pretty basic, the how-to part is based upon experience & site conditions.

If you were to attempt to hang a replacement of an interior door & failed there is little consequence except bruised pride.

However, an exterior door provides security & is a weather barrier. If it is poorly installed, the pro will have to be enlisted to bail you out anyhow, so why not find a carpenter to begin with.

As to the question of whether to replace just the slab or the door & frame together (prehung), generally it is best to install the prehung unit.

There are rarely instances where installing just the slab is better, but that is based upon site conditions, & your carpenter can make that determination.

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