Questions and Answers
Allen C. asked
I am trying to find a door 23.25″ x 77.50″ for my bathroom. I can’t seem to find these dimensions anywhere. Any suggestions?
That is not a standard door size. It will not be available except as a custom built item, which will be prohibitively expensive. The closest standard size is 2′-0″ wide by 6′-8″ high (24 inches wide by 80 inches high) nominal, with the actual size being slightly less. Your best bet is to modify a standard 2′-0″ door to fit the existing opening. Any good carpenter can do this for you.
If you are a DIY type and have the necessary tools the following directions should help. Please be aware that using power tools can be very dangerous and should not be attempted unless you are proficient in their safe use.
The new door should be cut 1/4 inch narrower than the jamb opening and about 1-1/4 inches shorter than the distance from the floor to the top of the jamb. If the new door is pre-drilled for a lock-set it must be ripped to width on the hinge side. If it is not pre-drilled it may be ripped on either side but I still recommend ripping it on the hinge side. Most interior doors are “hollow core”. This means a solid wood perimeter with occasional spacers in the central parts of the door. If you cut too much off one end it will completely remove the solid wood in that area. Sometimes you can cut a little off each end but this will not work if the door is pre-drilled for a lock-set because it will throw off the vertical placement of the lock-set. The safest bet is to cut the required amount off the bottom of the door and glue a new piece of solid wood, sized to fit, in the exposed opening. Use carpenters glue and clamp the door veneer to the inserted wood until dry.
Tip: Place a piece of good quality masking tape (not painters tape) along the surface of the door, centered where it will be cut. Press the tape down firmly to achieve maximum adhesion. Draw the cut line on the tape and saw as you normally would. The tape will help prevent the veneer from splintering as it is being cut. Remove the tape immediately after cutting and sand the cut edge to smooth and round it over.
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