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Old 10-03-2018, 11:15 AM
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I've done both, Mark. (just the door and the door with frame) Just have some good weather stripping ready. If you only replace the door, the fit can be quite a bit different. Be prepared.
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Old 10-03-2018, 12:38 PM
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Yeah. I've replaced just a slab on an interior door. It still sticks, but I'm loathe to take it down and haul it to the basement so that I can plane it to fit. With a prehung door it's all about leveling and shimming. Taking down decorative framing doesn't scare me as much anymore.
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I've done both, Mark. (just the door and the door with frame) Just have some good weather stripping ready. If you only replace the door, the fit can be quite a bit different. Be prepared.
Good advice. Our wooden front door swells up and sticks when the weather gets warm and I was thinking of just replacing the door. Hadn't really thought of it being much of an issue.
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Old 10-03-2018, 04:21 PM
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I've done both, Mark. (just the door and the door with frame) Just have some good weather stripping ready. If you only replace the door, the fit can be quite a bit different. Be prepared.

Measure 4 times and buy once! Like I said my neighbors have already done it with no issues. I have a same door.
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Good advice. Our wooden front door swells up and sticks when the weather gets warm and I was thinking of just replacing the door. Hadn't really thought of it being much of an issue.
Is the door sealed and finished or damaged in any way? If it's got a crack in it like Mark's you need to seal that. Since I've been working with wood I've seen first hand how much wood expands, contracts and warps along the grain. It's a big part of why I bought a whole house humidifier.
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A lower panel had a slight split in it that only can be seen in the winter. I just looked at it. Wood has to breath!
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A lower panel had a slight split in it that only can be seen in the winter. I just looked at it. Wood has to breath!
Huh? No it doesnít. The crack will just open up more.
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Just to update this thread with what Iíve said elsewhere, I opted to just paint the existing door. Since she wanted white I just bought your basic ultra bright white in semi gloss. She didnít like it so I went back and bought a gallon of Navy blue in satin, which I will also paint the shutters. I think it will look nicer but am concerned about maintenance; I originally went with semi gloss do that I could easily wash off mold and pollen every year. We have no storm door.
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Buy a storm door.
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Buy a storm door.
I keep saying Iím going to get one. We took the old one off about 10 years ago because it was some cheap rusting junk from the 50ís. Kept. Meaning to put a new one on...

...maybe this spring will be the year I finally do it.
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