Bought new metal door (love it) won’t fit in metal frame!!! HELP

Spent 3 days painting and sealing it. Even put in a doggie door, it’s approximately 1/8th inch too wide. I love this door and can’t make myself get ride of it. House is old and has metal frame too. 😩
q bought new metal door love it won t fit in metal frame help
Door I love!!
q bought new metal door love it won t fit in metal frame help
Old crappy door!!! Yuck. Please help 😩
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  • Shoshana Shoshana on Nov 01, 2017
    Oh no that's the worst! Are you sure the hinges are aligned and that the door is totally straight when reattached? That could prevent it from fitting in correctly.
    • A Stone A Stone on Nov 01, 2017
      I’m pretty sure it was straight when I tried to install it! Thanks for the reply!
  • Mac6231 Mac6231 on Nov 01, 2017
    This old door kind of looks like the type that used to be installed on a mobile home. Perhaps the previous owner purchased one from a mobile surplus store. They always come in odd sizes. If so, you must remove the old metal frame and install a new frame, either metal or wood to get your door to fit.
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    • A Stone A Stone on Nov 02, 2017
      Thanks Pastor!!
  • Geeswonderland Geeswonderland on Nov 01, 2017
    Take out frame..add the width add trim(?) reattach frame!?
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Nov 01, 2017
    Increase the size of the frame or buy a new door. Be sure to measure to fit, the metal doors cannot be cut down.
    • A Stone A Stone on Nov 01, 2017
      I’d rather NOT buy a new door. My budget is very tight, like a teenage girls jeans! LOL.
  • Pappa72339 Pappa72339 on Nov 01, 2017
    Remove metal frame and put in a new wood frame.
  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Nov 01, 2017
    I agree with everyone else, you've got to work with the frame. If you don't feel that you have the skills, call a pro to install it. If you bought it at a place like Lowes, they can hook you up with the right person. If not, I'd suggest getting on a website called It's a website where they divide people into neighborhoods which also connects to other nearby neighborhoods. The one I belong to has been wonderful for finding good people for doing small - or large jobs. You can just post and ask if anyone knows someone who installs doors. Easy Peasy. I had been looking for a handyman for almost a year before I joined I had at least 10 that I called. Some never called back. Some came and looked at the project and never called back with their quote. ARRGGHH. On NextDoor, someone responded within an hour about their handyman. I called right away and left a message. The man called me back that night, came over the next day to quote the job. He had a cancellation the following day so we took that spot. From Tuesday to Thursday the job was done!
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    • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Nov 01, 2017
      Lynne, I agree about getting the price in writing. I've got a couple of people who I've given that type of advertising to over the years!
  • V Smith V Smith on Nov 01, 2017
    Since a door cost more than a frame, and you love the door, replace the frame. OR, since you are only looking to gain a 16th of an inch on each side of the frame maybe you could remove any molding around the frame and see if you can remove any shims that might be there. Once the shims are out put a 2 x4 between the frame and your hammer and give it a couple of wacks on each side. You don't need to move it much but you do need to keep it square and plumb.
  • Edie Pfeifer Edie Pfeifer on Nov 01, 2017
    hanging a door is not easy, it takes real skill.. A lot of "handyman" people cannot do a proper job. Not only do you need a professional, you need someone who specializes in hanging doors.
  • 9530106 9530106 on Nov 01, 2017
    I agree, get a professional to reframe your doorway, so all your hard work won't be in vain!
  • Crp31409968 Crp31409968 on Nov 01, 2017
    use a wooden frame and after painting it go over it with polyurethane (liquid plastic
  • A Stone A Stone on Nov 01, 2017
    I’ve thought about this, when I get time I may do have to do that. Wish there were a way around doing that!
  • Geeswonderland Geeswonderland on Nov 01, 2017
    Can you take out part of the frame and sand like crazy (whichever way it's to small that is) and reattach frame?
  • Bob Fuller Bob Fuller on Nov 01, 2017
    I had the same problem I cured it with surface mount geared hinges you will just one about 120 bucks It came out great!
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Nov 01, 2017
    ok, here’s the scoop! I have read your question, I’ve read every response before mine and here’s my advice;
    you said painted and sealed, correct? There’s your 1/8 “ too much!
    1. Did you paint and seal where your hinges go?
    2. If the answer to #1 is no, the proceed to sand off the jamb portion of your door. Id be willing to be you can fix this for a whopping $0!!!
    let me know.
  • Hope Williams Hope Williams on Nov 01, 2017
    DO NOT, attempt to adjust you frame. Metal expands and contracts just like wood, just at a different rate! FYI
  • Cindy Hagemann Cindy Hagemann on Nov 01, 2017
    Then you will have to increase the size of the door frame, which can be very difficult. I would go to the Habitat for Humanity ReStore, if you have one in your area and buy a new door for less. They carry new and used doors, windows, etc.
  • Srrock Srrock on Nov 01, 2017
    I use to sell and service metal doors and frames, Metal frames as in you picture looks like a commercial type frame, they are made smaller than a residential door that you buy from a building supply store, check the width of the frame if it is 36" , that's assuming you have a 36" door, then you have no choice but to replace the metal frame with a wood one , plus you may even have a problem with the height unless some one has modified the threshold , {example: A commercial metal door measures 35 3/4" wide by 79 1/4, a residential door from a building supply is 36" wide , 80" height,} so you can not put a 36" door in a 36" frame opening because you have to have 1/8" gap on both sides of the door for it to open correctly . the only way to put another door in the metal frame is to use a wood door that can cut down to fit the frame. which is why their is a wood door in it now.
  • A Stone A Stone on Nov 02, 2017
    Thanks Bob!!
  • Jean Mulder Jean Mulder on Nov 02, 2017
    I have an observation..the 'doggy door' is huge! Have you considered that someone beside a 'doggie' can crawl through? We were taking care of a friends home and accidentally left key in house when door shut. Our son went through doggie door to unlock the door. Just say'n.
    • Sheryl Sumpter Sheryl Sumpter on Nov 03, 2017
      I have a doggie (2 actually) and a doggie door that size - let me just say that any nut that tried to come through they would be #$%^&* insane or have a death wish. My dogs are mixed breed rescues and very friendly but they have big teeth and wouldn't let anyone in but me...
  • Randal Randal on Nov 02, 2017
    but like the others say. You are going to have to put in a new frame, and I wood use wood, for that very reason. If it ever needs to be taken in again, you will be able to shave off some of the wood, but metal you are out of luck. Just a bit of advice, next time buy a door with the frame attached, they are much easier to install, and usually work with. Good luck, you did a great job on refinishing it though.
  • A Stone A Stone on Nov 02, 2017
    Thank you Rmrmlooking8, I bought the house for next to nothing. Sight unseen for a steal! So the House came first then the door. I fell in love with with the door. I only paid 20 bucks for it!!!!!! I asked only to see if anyone else knew any tricks of the trade.
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