I am moving changing a door to a window. So I hired a concrete contractor
to remove the door and build up the bottom and frame the window, followed by
a window installer coming in to install the window. Simple right? No...
As soon as the concrete guy arrived after two hours he told me he could not
remove the door frame. He could not find anywhere along the door frame
screw holes or nail holes whatsoever and he is unable to pry the metal frame
off the exterior wall.
I drove to the site to see it and called a carpenter friend of mine to meet
In examining the door frame I could see no visible fastener of any kind. My
carpenter friend said he has not seen this before but it looks like they
custom fabricated the entire metal door frame in one piece then embed it in
At this point the door frame is so beaten up but it's not coming out.
My concrete contractor says he can try using a concrete saw to saw off the
8" solid concrete wall to which the frame is embedded in, and I am thinking
may be he can just lay his concrete blocks and notch the end for the door
frame, then pour solid concrete to fill in the notches. However this will
create complications too when it comes to the window frame. Dade County
requires rebars to be placed on either side of window tied to the tie beam
and slab below, and fill in any void in concrete blocks with solid concrete
Here are some pictures:
The white part is the concrete stucco being all damaged when they tried to
remove the frame, the stucco came off and some concrete came off but the
door frame is not coming out.
I am just wondering if anyone has seen this door frame installation method
before? and if there is a magic trick to remove it that is obvious to some
but not to others?
Also, now that I know it's done this way, I was planning on replacing all
the exterior doors in another phase of the project. guess I am not going to
be able to replace the frame so I would need to get custom door to match the
frame and hinges?
and how would they have leveled the frame if it's installed in one piece
with concrete, no shim at all.
I kept finding many "unconventional construction method" in this place,
that's really puzzling, causing tons of delays and "change orders", and now,
I have half a dozen window and door openings, with tropical storm Noel