Q: We are trying to replace a plain, solid-wood, paint-grade, 8-foot outside door on a home we are trying to sell. The old hinges are different from what's common today. I am not sure if this could be changed or not. Do you know what we should do? --Jim E. A: Your best bet would be to have a door company make you up a new door to fit. If possible, take the door off the hinges and take it into the door company so they can measure it for you. If that's impractical, talk to the door company first and ask them what measurements they will need, and do the measuring yourself. There are actually several measurements to take, including height, width, exact hinge locations, hinge backset and more, so be sure to get a list from them. You can then select any door style you like that will fit the opening. They will cut it to an exact size, including mortising to fit the existing hinges and knob. All you need to do from there is remove the old hinges from the old door and install them o...
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