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If you are planning to make substantial changes to the flooring material in a room, then the chances are pretty good that you are going to have to shorten your doors. Makes sense right? If the level of the floor comes up because you added a heavy shag carpet, hardwood flooring or even a thick tile surface, then the bottom of the door is going to have to be raised as well. It may seem like a simple matter of taking the door off the hinges and cutting the bottom off.
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Log in or Sign up. Screwfix Community Forum. How to trim internal door without a circular saw Discussion in ' Carpenters' Talk ' started by EdSlocombeJul 5,
Hollow interior doors consist of a solid wooden frame covered with a wood or composite veneer. The doors are often used for closets, bathroom and bedroom door openings in residential construction. Installed during the final stages of home construction, the addition of certain types of flooring may require trimming the door.
When trimming a hollow core door, take less than an inch off each side to avoid cutting into the void beyond the frame. The veneer face on hollow core doors also tends to splinter easily. To prevent splintering, score the cut line with a razor knife before sawing off the door. Now use a circular saw to make the cut, with the edge of the saw resting against the guide board.
It transfers a line onto the door that automatically has some clearance with the floor built in. You essentially get a half-thickness of pencil clearance between the bottom of the door and the floor. Just remember to lay the pencil flat against the laminate as you work.