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Door trimming more than recommended, trim off the top or bottom?

Discussion in 'Wood / Woodwork / Carpentry' started by skhudy, 30 Oct 2017.

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    I have a new external door, standard size, 33" by 78"

    The door it needs to replace is 32 3/4 width and the height, at the bottom it is rebated against a metal weather bar, longest length 77 1/4 and shortest 76 1/2

    I've no problem trimming the door, but the instructions say it should be trimmed a max of 4mm

    So the length needs to be trimmed more than the recommended - I was going to take it off the bottom, just wanted to confirm this is probably the best idea?
     
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  3. What's the door made of, as it's strange that you can only take off 4mm - that implies that there's an inner casing. Is it a solid wood door, or a fire check door.
     
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    Anything other than solid hardwood will be a problem. I inherited a front door 2" shorter than standard and trimmed a hardwood door to fit, has been fine the last 18years.
     
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  5. skhudy

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    flip, I didn't read up properly before buying... It was bought some months ago I can't even remember where from, could have been bnq
    "Hatfield Glazed Back Door"
    description says hardwood vaneer. Sold on screwfix, reviews tell me I shouldn't waste my time trimming it, could unleash a can of worms...
    I can keep this for my future garden shed, any recommendations for a solid glazed back door that can be trimmed?
     
  6. As long as you choose a sold wood door, rather than veneered, then you'll be fine. Have a look at Wikes as well as BnQ
     
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    Thanks, Weighing up the cost of a new "solid" door and fitting time, I'm thinking i may take off the existing door and spend a day sanding down / refurbing. Thanks for taking time to reply!
     
  9. Now that's true creative thinking - and a realistic attitude. Best of luck.
     
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    The door has come out better than expected. Think it had sadolin on it, now has a dark golden hue to it. What's best to fill large holes in a wooden door ? I need a different lock type so the old lock will be removed and a different type fitted. I'm thinking a block of wood to fill a bulk of the hole, and some type of filler over the top rubbed down and touched up?
     
  11. 2 part wood filler (or just body filler) but make sure you sand it down before it goes completely hard, or it's a bugger to sand afterwards.
     
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