I have a wood door between my garage and my basement. Why and how the
previous owner was able to put a wood door there instead of a steel one is
debatable but I'd like to replace it with a steel door.
As I'd like to try and tackle this myself, what is involved in removing the
door and frame and installing the steel one? I plan on going to Home Depot
and purchasing the door. Don't know if I should get a pre-hung door or
Thanks for your assistance.
International Residential Code 2000
Section R309 Garages and Carports
R309.1 Opening protection.
Openings from a private garage directly into a room used for sleeping
purposes shall not be permitted. Other openings between garage and
residence shall be equipped with a solid wood door not less than 1 3/8
inch in thickness, solid or honeycomb core steel door not less than 1
3/8 inches thick, or 20 minute fire rated door.
It is a DIY job for anyone with minimum experience and a reasonable
assortment of tools. Hacksaw or recip saw, hammer, nail set(s)
(maybe), screwdriver, level, square. Instructions will be (or have in
all mine)included with the door. Someone else has layed out the basic
procedure very well.
Wood is cheaper and either he did not have a permit or it was before that
was part of the code.
This is a DIY job. Is there molding around the door? remove it and measure
the opening. Buy the same size pre-hung door. Remove the old by prying the
casing and maybe cutting a few nails with a reciprocating saw. Put the new
frame in place and fasten it securely. Be sure it is plumb and square. Use
shims as needed. Replace the trim.
Be sure you have the new door in hand before removing the old one. There is
a chance in an older house that the existing door is an odd size and you
need something special.
Yep. The garage door the leads to my family room
is solid wood, and heavy as hell. Most of the
houses I've been in that were built at the same
time use solid wood doors for that purpose. My
entrance doors are steel, but this door has the
same look as all of the other interior doors.
Yep, my house was built in 1976. Doors in houses
built at that time that I've visited (at least
here) were all undersized by 1/4". I also
purchased some doors at an auction (door knob
holes were at the wrong height) and they were the
same. I'm replacing doors (already purchased) but
all that I looked at were full sized, i.e., a 30"
door was actually 30" whereas my 30" doors are
29-3/4" wide. As a result, I will have to trim
all of my doors by 1/4" or 3/16". If the OP runs
into that problem and the door casing is tight
against the door frame and he installs a metal
door, he may need to reframe the door which will
be a lot harder than just replacing the door or
using a prehung door.
BTW, terminology can be confusing. In all the
books I read, the door frame is part of the house
frame and is the 2x4 opening for the door. The
part that comes with a prehung door is the door
casing. Same is true for windows, i.e., window
frame and window casing.
I had thought that steel would be required due to a potential fire
originating in the garage area. I suppose local codes dictate what is
necessary and acceptable.
The door now is solid wood. The main problem I really want to address is
that there is no bottom saddle/threshold to the door and cold/warm air (or
even auto exhaust fumes) passes freely underneath the door in the 1/4" or so
space between the cement floor and wood door.
As far as putting in a saddle I'd probably need to trim the bottom of the
existing door some and drill/anchor the saddle to the floor.
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