You may remember how this blog started...
My house caught on fire.
The subsequent remodels made us a construction blog.
C'mon back to our roots!
This is a Guest Bathroom with a 23" door.
And this is a wheelchair that's 29" wide.
Do the math.
So today, I'm going to show you how to widen a door.
Don't break out in hives.
This is easier than you think, and you don't need Bob Villa's workshop to do it.
First, with a craft knife, run around the door, cutting through the paint seal.
Now, wiggle a prybar in the crack you've created.
Tap the bar in further with a hammer.
Wiggle it a bit until the molding starts to pop off.
Just repeat this every 18 inches or so around the entire frame.
Once it's all loose...
...just pry it off!
Pull the whole thing off.
Set that aside.
You don't need an impact driver.
You can also use an electric drill, power screwdriver,
or just go old school route and get a phillip's head.
Eaither way, unscrew the door hinges from the frame and set the door aside.
Repeat what you did outside.
Using a level and straight edge, measure how far you want to widen the doorway.
Mark it with a pencil.
Take a swazall or a hand blade and just follow the line.
You have now widened the doors all by yourself!
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