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How to Replace a Nonstandard Size Door

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    LESLIE: Forrest in Michigan is working on a front-door project. Tell us what it is.

    FORREST: Well, we’re trying to replace our exterior rear door and we live in a modular home and all the exterior doors seem to be 6 inches shorter than normal height. So, we’re trying to figure out a way we can replace it without having to special order and cost hundreds of extra dollars to do that.

    TOM: What’s the height of the door you’re looking for?

    FORREST: Six feet, two inches.

    TOM: Wow. That is unusual.

    LESLIE: That’s weird.

    TOM: Yeah.

    FORREST: Yes.

    LESLIE: Have you contacted the company that …?

    TOM: I hope you’re not a tall guy.

    LESLIE: Yeah. Have you contacted the company who produced the modular home or the components therein?

    FORREST: Yes and they want to make $559 for a new door.

    TOM: Wow.

    LESLIE: Well, that’s why they’re 6 feet, 2 inches.

    TOM: Yeah.

    LESLIE: They’re like, “Oh, if we make a weird size, they’ve got to come to us.”

    TOM: Hey, can you modify the opening of the exterior wall to take a standard-height door?

    FORREST: Yes, I do.

    TOM: I mean that’s what I would do. I wouldn’t …

    FORREST: Yeah, that’s what I was looking at doing was just trying to raise it up – you know, raise the header up to …

    TOM: Now this way, all your tall friends can come and visit.

    FORREST: Yes, that would help.

    TOM: Yeah. I wouldn’t spend money on a custom door that’s not standard height. I would simply modify the exterior wall and take a standard 80-inch door.

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm. It’s going to be the most cost-effective solution.

    TOM: Yep.

    LESLIE: Plus, you’ll have the most options.

    TOM: Yeah, absolutely.

    FORREST: Right. Well, I guess that’s what I wanted to hear. That’s what I was thinking I’d do and just wanted to make sure I was doing the right thing.

    TOM: Alright. You are. Good luck with that project. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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