Best Way to Widen a Doorway to Fit New Door

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Posted by: from Mississauga
3/11/2013 at 11:00:59 PM

Rather simple job but I could use a little advice...

Have a closet door and want to install a larger door. So widen the space. Whats the best way to do this? I imagine something like (after casing comes off) take out the old 2-4 and move it over however man inches. Would include some drywall coming off and then replastering I guess.

Any suggestions?

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Date/Time3/12/2013 at 3:47:12 PM

There is a little bit of thinking behind what you are doing. The more thought you put into it the less physical work and repair would be required. But you are on the right track.

Without knowing the specifics of how much wider you are going in relevance to the existing opening, it would be long winded of me to describe what you need to do for every possible scenario. Also you need to keep in mind how your existing flooring will fill that new void you've created widening the wall.

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Andrew from A-Frame Construction in Angus
Date/Time3/26/2013 at 9:13:27 AM

Agreed with Scott.

Also you have to keep in mind if the door is in a load bearing wall meaning weight from the roof could be bearing down to footing in this case you would need to install a new header.

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Date/Time3/28/2013 at 7:19:07 PM

Yep agreed with both previous posts. Make sure your king and jack studs are properly installed for that new header.

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