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Old 01-29-2015, 08:29 PM   #1
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Cutting A Storm Door.


Anyone ever try cutting an Anderson storm door, the solid aluminum doors, not the wood core Emco doors. I've got a couple to replace that are only about an inch short of standard height. Custom sizes door prices are ridiculous and the wood core doors that are designed to be cut don't last very long on the coast.
I'm thinking that it's probably a bad idea but maybe it would work and the sweep would cover the cut edge ?
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Old 01-29-2015, 10:05 PM   #2
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Re: Cutting A Storm Door.


Are you sure you are not talking about a aluminum skined door? Never seen a solid aluminum door. But either way you should be able to trim some off the bootom of it

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Re: Cutting A Storm Door.


It's actually a hollow aluminum door, but not skinned.
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Re: Cutting A Storm Door.


So you need to have a 78 1/2" door height?
I have gone as far as removing the head trim and shaving it to get 1/2" before.
One other thing, if the customer is paying then why not just show them the price difference between a custom door or making a door standard size work.
I think when you show them you will be charging considerably more for a work around, that a custom door will suddenly become appealing.
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You can't cut an aluminum door.
The hollow extrusions have a corner braces inside them that hold the door together.

Order the custom size or you'll end up paying $300 for $6 of scrap aluminum.
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Re: Cutting A Storm Door.


i have cut a extruded aluminum Andersen storm door by removing all the glass then removing the gussets at the bottom of the door. Then i had someone hold the end of the door while cut the door shorter by recutting the miters at the bottom of the side rails on my miter saw. Then i put it back together with the same gussets i removed. i then ordered a peice of tempered glass from my glass supplier that was the new size i needed to fit the cut down door. i did it for my own house. I would not do it for a customer. To much risk

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Re: Cutting A Storm Door.


The consensus seems to agree with my first thought that it's a bad idea, just wanted some confirmation before I made a mistake. Thanks for the input.
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Can you order one of the older style storm doors from like Northeast aluminum in phila. I am talking about the kind where you basically build the doors. you can order any size for the same cost. This is the type of door that uses a piano hinge. Here is a link to their site.

http://www.nbpcorporation.com/Doors/...oors/index.php
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You can't cut an aluminum door.
The hollow extrusions have a corner braces inside them that hold the door together.

Order the custom size or you'll end up paying $300 for $6 of scrap aluminum.
I now have an exigent situation where I'm going with a stock 3-0 x 6-8 storm door, likely PVC clad that client needs done by June 14.
It needs to be trimmed to about 6-4 tall at an historic mansion.

You mention an aluminum door can't be cut, and I'm happy to share any door regardless of material can and will be cut. We have the blades, the tools, and touch to cut a straight line in any door, and put it back together as though it were never cut.
Hope this helps
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I now have an exigent situation where I'm going with a stock 3-0 x 6-8 storm door, likely PVC clad that client needs done by June 14.
It needs to be trimmed to about 6-4 tall at an historic mansion.

You mention an aluminum door can't be cut, and I'm happy to share any door regardless of material can and will be cut. We have the blades, the tools, and touch to cut a straight line in any door, and put it back together as though it were never cut.
Hope this helps
Hey Jughead thread is over 2 years old think he still needs the door cut?
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Seems like you could make up an inch by cutting the back mold or trim if you really needed to make up an inch and didn't want to buy the custom door. Just don't spend more than an hour or so messing with it or you might as well buy it sized correctly to begin with.
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Re: Cutting A Storm Door.


Anything can be cut or altered, being a contractor you have to understand one thing when you sell your customer a door you have to let them know that any altering other than specified in the manufacturer installation guide will void their warranty.
So anything you do other than standard installation will be on you.

"Cutting parts not specified by the installation guide or mis-drilled parts are not included in this warranty."
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Hey Jughead thread is over 2 years old think he still needs the door cut?
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Hey Jughead thread is over 2 years old think he still needs the door cut?

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Anything can be cut or altered, being a contractor you have to understand one thing when you sell your customer a door you have to let them know that any altering other than specified in the manufacturer installation guide will void their warranty.
So anything you do other than standard installation will be on you.

"Cutting parts not specified by the installation guide or mis-drilled parts are not included in this warranty."
Love your approach mate, same as mine. Anything can be cut, especially if it's just aluminum or PVC .
Years back I recall bottom trimming a steel gypsum filled fire door that weighed a ton. I think we used a diamond blade on a Skil wormdrive.
Diamond blades will cut anything.
The door was salvaged and warranty wasn't a concern.

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I now have an exigent situation where I'm going with a stock 3-0 x 6-8 storm door, likely PVC clad that client needs done by June 14.
It needs to be trimmed to about 6-4 tall at an historic mansion.

You mention an aluminum door can't be cut, and I'm happy to share any door regardless of material can and will be cut. We have the blades, the tools, and touch to cut a straight line in any door, and put it back together as though it were never cut.
Hope this helps


What good does it do you when you have to order a custom size piece of tempered glass to go in the door.
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What good does it do you when you have to order a custom size piece of tempered glass to go in the door.
The tempered glass ensures your kids, wife, or girlfriend, along with pets or your crazy friends, will not receive serious lacerations when trying to run through the door.

But seriously, ain't nobody trying to change the stock glass size. As you know tempered can't be cut.

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The tempered glass ensures your kids, wife, or girlfriend, along with pets or your crazy friends, will not receive serious lacerations when trying to run through the door.

But seriously, ain't nobody trying to change the stock glass size. As you know tempered can't be cut.
I know what tempered glass is and what it's purpose is.
How are you going to shorten the door without shortening the glass?

Or is this a half panel door?
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I know what tempered glass is and what it's purpose is.
How are you going to shorten the door without shortening the glass?

Or is this a half panel door?
We bought the door today at Lowe's for $200-, I'd describe the bottom panel as 1/4 and flat.
Pretty nice door, wood core and vinyl clad with the bottom adjustable sleeve that goes on after I cut it.
When you lower the top glass it pulls the screen down with it, the screen rolls up when you close it.
I need to reduce it to 6-4 but that works since the first bottom hinge is about 6" from the bottom.
I'll test the blade at 1" first to see how it cuts. I've noticed the 4 tooth Diablo Hardie blades sail through lumber so I'll start with that. I have 4" to experiment with.
To cut the vertical aluminum channels I'll first try my 4" diamond blade on a grinder, material clamped tight

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Re: Cutting A Storm Door.


I just use my miter saw for aluminum channel. However, I haven't cut storm door channel, just shower door channel.

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