11:13AM | 06/04/06
Member Since: 06/03/06
2 lifetime posts
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
42 lifetime posts
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
2 lifetime posts
thank you so much that helps us out alot.stephanie

stephanie mi.
Click to reply button
Inspiration banner


Post a reply as Anonymous

Photo must be in JPG, GIF or PNG format and less than 5MB.

Reply choose button


Post new button or Login button

To test the boundaries of small-footprint living, interior designer Jessica Helgerson moved her family to a 540-square-foo... Filling an underutilized area beneath the stairs is a smart way to save space. Doing so with a stash of wood, however, is ... The Audubon Society inspired wallpaper in this Adirondack-styled mudroom will get you in the outdoor mood. Grab your coat ... Chalkboard paint opens up endless possibilities for customizing your dresser time and time again. Use chalk to label the c... A fireplace in the bathroom creates the ultimate setting for relaxation. Homeowners often choose electric or gas over wood... This roomy boot tray made from punched metal stands up to all the elements. Station it in your mudroom or at your back doo... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... FLOR tiles are an affordable way to customize a carpeted floor covering for any space. Make anything from runners to wall-... Chalkboard paint features prominently in this elegant yet unpretentious headboard design. Add a new message daily to reflec... Salvaged boards in varying widths and colors make up the dramatic accent wall in this attic space. The high-gloss white of... The indecisive homeowner need not fret over choosing one (or even two) cabinet colors. The kitchen cabinets in this artist... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... Simple and striking, a couple of pieces of "lovingly used" furniture creates a special kind of charm. A weathered chair fo... First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrang... Dark wood shelving and a matching upholstered bench keep this closet sleek and refined. The large window brightens the sub...
Follow banner a
Newsletter icon Flipboard glossy Facebook Twitter Pinterest Youtube Rss icon