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  • Speaking of Doors!

    Would it be a big faux pas to use exterior doors inside? I'll explain; I'm building a lake house and purchased some "antique" doors for the inside of the house. A set of french doors for my bedroom turns out are 1-3/4" thick exterior doors. Other than being thicker I wouldn't see an issue. I've built the jambs already and will be installing them soon, but if its a no-no I can switch gears.

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    Clato

    I'd insert a picture of my project but not sure how...

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    Re: Speaking of Doors!

    i see no reason you can't, most people dont because and interior door with casing is about $50-80 and an exterior door can be $80-200 or higher. also exterior doors have a door sweep on the bottom tend to have some kind of seal all the way around the door and a fair amount of them tend to be drilled for a dead bolt lock but not all are. but if you built the casings to match your doors then you should be fine.
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      Re: Speaking of Doors!

      There's no physical reason against using exterior doors inside. There's no code issues I can think of, either...except perhaps lock useage. I'm sure you'll be fine unless there's some odd lock on the door that will fail a code inspection. In which case, you can probably replace it or make the lock non-working.

      Post a pic if/when you can, I'd like to see how you put the door in, and made it work with the jamb.
      I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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      • #4
        Re: Speaking of Doors!

        If using exterior doors inside,make sure the casing/framing will handle the extra weight. Much of the new construction won't handle the additional weight without using long hinge screws that reach all the way to the stud.

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        • #5
          Re: Speaking of Doors!

          I've thought about the longer screws and already plan on using them. The doors were not bored for the dead bolts which is suprising since its a glass french door . It may have been installed inside before as there is not sweep. I'll change the lock to an interior style when I get it installed. The jambs also include stationary transoms that will eventually contain stained glass. As soon as I can Pics will follow.


          Clato

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          • #6
            Re: Speaking of Doors!

            I have seen more than one house that had a porch or deck turned addition and kept the french doors as interior doors. One even kept the exterior siding as interior wall finish!
            A good carpenter makes few mistakes, a great carpenter can fix his own.

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