the three closets in my basement had bi-fold doors; they were removed
after flooding and a tile floor installed. I would like to replace them
with regular double doors that swing out into the room. What
measurements do I need to take to determine what size doors to get? Is
this something that a do-it-your-selfer can do?
It would probably be more simple to remove the existing doors,
trim, and jambs. This will show you a rough opening.
This information should give the data you need for a new jamb and
doors. Make sure to measure width and height.
The problem will come if you cannot get a prehung door and jamb to
fit your rough opening. It is possible to resize the rough
opening. It certainly is possible to hang doors as a DIY project,
but it will require a greater amount of skill and tools than
dealing with prehungs. If you decide to proceed hanging them on
your own in the existing jamb, get information on hinge mortising,
doorstop, door cutting, hardware and latch choices, etc.
Keep the whole world singing. . . .
One problem wit prehung doors as closet doors is the thickness of the
frame. I still do it, but I take them apart and run the frames through
the table saw to get a thickness I can live with, which is just a
little bigger than the hinges.
Perhaps they do. but when they are planning on bi fold doors they often
put the 2x4s sideways rather than like a conventional stud wall. It
makes a nice closet, bigger than it would be with conventional stud
walls or the room is bigger with the same size closet, and no real
downside, as a closet is practically never a load bearing wall. That
leaves a wall roughly 2 3/4" thick. A pre-hung interior door is usually
4 3/4" thick, leaving over 2" dangling inside the closet making it a
reach around situation.
I'd ask first whether this was a single bi-fold or double. Also,
look/evaluate carefully the floor space these are going to require to
make absolutely sure it's going to be a convenience and not a
hindrance. As someone else noted, you might consider the sliding door
option rather than a swinging door if there's any doubt whatsoever.
That said, the measurements you need are the rough opening height and
width. You need to take these in true plumb and horizontal at both
ends of the opening in order to make sure the framing is square and
plumb enough to allow a standard door size to be used.
You can find prehung doors in both single and double door
configurations and those are certainly within the capabilities of a
reasonably competent diy'er. If need a custom-sized opening, that's
certainly somewhat more involved but doable for the skilled diy'er.
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