I am about to order a steel basement door from Home Depot. Existing
wood door I fixed up about seven eight years ago is falling apart. It
looks like I need to prepare the foundation by raising it a few inches
to match the stock size. I was warned if I go custom the price
increase is not worth it.
Any experience out there I'd appreciate hearing tackling such a project.
It might be easier and safer to lower the height by adding some filler
boards that are simply nailed to the bottom of the existing header and then
finished off inside and out to match existing structure. I have used this
trick several times for entry doors and storm doors.
Reasons: trip hazard with raised threshold, drainage factor in the event of
flash flooding or water line break, and just a lot easier to do.
Since your opening is larger than neccesary, it should be easy. Do not
raise the floor to achieve your desired opening. Instead, you add
material to the top of the opening to achieve the desired dimension.
Shims are used between the door and the frame and the door is nailed to
the frame through the shims.
there is a lot of info out there on this topic. Here is just one
I am afraid you missed my point. Or I didn't make myself clear enough.
This is a steel cellar door which either open towrard to sky or
slanted as you come out of the cellar to the yard. In my case it is
You have a choice between opening towards the sky and opening slanted,
or it does both at different times? What do you mean by saying it is
slanted? What is slanted? What does this have to do with the
Why didn't you explain this the first three times you posted? Far
more people have regular doors leading to their basement than these
And why do you brusquely tell me to check a link, which required
starting the browser. You're asking for our help, not the other way
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