How to Replace a Nonstandard Size Door
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.
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.
LESLIE: Well, that’s why they’re 6 feet, 2 inches.
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.
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.