I just had a number of interior doors replaced in an old house that I am
having renovated. The door replacements were done to make all of the
interior doors in the house match instead of having mismatched door styles
throughout the house. The original doors were 77" to 78" high. I had the
doors replaced with inexpensive hollow core Masonite veneer 6-panel door
The replacement door slabs were 80 inches high, so they had to be cut. But
the cuts meant that either the top or bottom ended up as just an open hollow
space between the front and back veneers. Somehow that doesn't seem right
to me. What do contractors normally do in this situation? Do they really
just leave the top or bottom open like that? Do they try to fill in the
space with a replacement filler piece?
When I search in stores and on the Internet, I can't seem to find interior
door slabs that come in any size less than 80' high. Am I missing
something? Don't manufacturers sell hollow core doors that are 78" high so
that when they are cut a little shorter there is still a solid end piece at
the top and bottom?
Is my only other option to use solid core replacement interior doors? And,
if so, do they sell solid core interior replacement doors that are 78 inches
There is at least 2 inches of solid wood at the top and bottom of the door
which can be trimmed. Try pinching the door in the store or use a stud
finder to determine the exact cutoff limits.
If it were much shorter than you would need a solid door but you should be
able to trim 2" total, 3" will be close. Look for a spec sheet for the
door, it may be there.
Cut as much as you can from the bottom then the rest from the top so it
Dude you never cut the top of a door. NEVER! If you cut the solid piece out
of the bottom you reuse it in the hollow area. 2-3 inches off the bottom of
door is not that big a deal. Your largest panels are at the bottom. as you
go up they get smaller, including the stiles.
"You can lead them to LINUX
but you can\'t make them THINK"
re: Dude you never cut the top of a door. NEVER!
Never? And in all caps? That's a pretty drastic statement.
Consider a 6 panel pine door that needs 5 - 6" cut off. True
situation - basement bathroom remodel in a house with a really low
If I cut everything off the bottom, it would have look really out of
balance and the door knob would have been down around my knees.
Instead I determined the proportional differences of the top and
bottom rails and divided my cuts proportionally. Came out great.
I'll check again and post back here tonight or tomorrow, but I don't think
that's correct. I saved the pieces that were cut off and I think the solid
part at the top and bottom is much less than 2 inches.
Thanks. I was thinking that may be what they do. I saved the cutoff pieces
in case that is the way to do it. I haven't tried separating the masonite
from the wood filler strips, but hopefully thta won't be too hard to do.
Years ago interior doors came in two heights, 78" and 80". I see now that
masonite.com only shows 80" as the smallest door that they make.
Someone stocking older models may have smaller sizes or another manufacturer
may make smaller sizes.
Yes, you can piece in the filler strip, but it is a pain in the ass. You
may need to cut from the top and bottom of the blank, to avoid trimming
away the entire strip on one end. Your contractor is an idiot, or lazy.
I wouldn't accept the work.
Well, supposedly they are genuine bona fide real-life contractors with
experience in the field. They have all of the right tools and equipment and
the impression I got is that they know what they are doing. I decided to
start them out on a couple of basic things first to see how they work, etc.
Now I am finding that I have doubts about their true skill level, but I
thought I'd check here to see what is considered normal and what isn't.
What I prefer in that situation is to buy prehung doors, and sawzall
the opening, fix the
drywall, and then it takes a standard door. there is usually enough
meat in the header to
do that without compromising the structure, when not, you can build a
new header inside the wall.
It is a bit more work, but the results are worth it, and if a new door
is needed in the future it will fit.
I did think about that option, but it's an old house with and older style
trim throughout. If I used pre-hung doors, it would mean changing the trim
on both sides for more than a dozen doors. So, I thought that just
replacing the slabs would make the most sense.
When looking at the job, they measured each door and I just assumed that
contractors could buy hollow core interior doors in various sizes, including
78-inch high doors. Then each door would only require minimal cutting to
fit the opening.
To my surprise, it appears that no one sells new 78-inch hollow core 6-panel
interior doors. It also appears that no one sells hollow core interior
doors with pre-cut door hardware openings.
Ummm.... 78" high is a standard door height. Just one that they don't
stock it in the stores. You have to order it. It's more expensive
than an 80" door, but not by a whole lot. In my opinion, better than
hacking more than the manufacturer's recommended amount from an 80"
door. Most people are too stuipd or lazy to do it the right way and
actually order a door that's the right size.
try the custom desk at a big box, or at a real lumberyard. you can also look
up doors in the yellow pages. when i was building my house, i found a small
shop that just builds doors for custom houses, that was the same cost as
buying all the doors at a big box.
I appreciate everybody's responses, yet no one has answered the question, "where
can I get a non standard sized door?" SOMEBODY makes them, because builders
continue to install them. The door I am trying to replace is 23 5/8 inches
wide, but yet is a standard height. It's a 6 panel hollow core interior closet
door. It came with the house - do I need to go back to the builder and get a
door from them?
Thanks Snag one, appreciate it, but let me ask this - are builders cutting these
doors down from 24 inches wide, to something less (in my case 23 5/8 inches)?
My guess is no they are not. I am really not trying to be difficult - but its
ridiculous that a builder can get a door that size but no one else can. Are
they buying in bulk from a manufacturer and specifying a non standard size just
to be difficult? Guess I'll go back to my builder and find out where he gets his
doors in bulk. I'm sure he wouldn't have a problem selling one to me. Stupid
to have to put a hundred dollars of effort into a 30 dollar door. If I have to
do that, I may as well just give him the hundred bucks.
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