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MARY
Entry Door with 2 sidelights - Can 1 be eliminated altogether?
MARY

I found a very nice entry door at a building materials outlet... solid wood door with 2 glass sidelights. The project that I woudl like this for only has room for 1 sidelight.  Can the other one be removed?  See attached picture.

Thank you,

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HandyAndyInMtAiry
Re: Entry Door with 2 sidelights - Can 1 be eliminated...
HandyAndyInMtAiry

Mary,

Anything is possible. Depends on your level of experience and the quality of tools that you use.

Andrew

Handy Andy In Mt Airy NC

TOHFan
Re: Entry Door with 2 sidelights - Can 1 be eliminated...
TOHFan

I am not a carpenter, but I researched entry door construction when I was considering replacing the alumimun door sill on my single sidelight steel entry door. Here's what I found and my thoughts on altering the structure of the unit.

- A 2-sidelight unit is a big rectangle with two separators creating three voids

- To eliminate a sidelight you will have to cut the top member and the sill. I don't know if the separators are as strong as the original jambs

- if you add a jamb piece on the cut side to reinforce, the width may be more than the rough opening

- you will also have to make sure the altered structure if perfectly square and plumb. Something that may require a large flat surface and special clamps to do the cutting, reinforcing and realigning.

I would take a close look at the structure from the interior side to see how the various pieces are assembled.

Jack
Re: Entry Door with 2 sidelights - Can 1 be eliminated...
Jack

From what I have seen, most of these type doors are standard prehung doors with side lights added. Should be little problem removing one of the side lights.

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