Metal Doors without frames

Existing block walls require specially-designed door frames. Existing block walls require specially-designed door frames.

Steel door frames offer superior strength and durability over wooden frames, making them a popular choice for both residential and commercial doors. Over time, metal frames may be damaged by weather, break-ins, or even heavy use. Replace a damaged door frame to keep the structure secure and to ensure that the door continues to operate smoothly.

Remove Existing Frame

Cut caulk or sealant from around the frame using a utility knife. Clean away the sealant from both the interior and exterior sides of the opening using your knife or a screwdriver.

Pull the base of the frame away from the block at one side of the opening with a pry bar. Start at the base of the frame, and use a maul hammer to help bend the frame away from the wall until you can access the fasteners between the frame and the block.

Insert a grinder into the gap between the frame and the wall. Use the grinder to cut any bolts or other fasteners securing the frame.

Continue using your pry bar and maul hammer to pry the frame away from the wall. Use your grinder to cut through any fasteners you come across.

Pull the jambs and header of the frame away from the wall and set aside for disposal or recycling. You might need to cut a welded frame in one or more places to remove it. Use a demo saw and protective eyewear while you complete this task.

Install New Frame

Measure the distance between the bottom of your frame and the location of the anchors installed within the jambs of your frame. Transfer these measurements to your wall, and mark the location of each anchor on the wall using a pen or pencil.

Drill holes at the anchor locations using a drill with a masonry bit. Wear your safety glasses to protect your eyes while drilling concrete block.

Slide the frame into the opening. Place a level on the header to ensure it is level with the floor. Add wooden shims below the legs of the frame until the header is level.

Drive the expansion bolts in place. Insert these bolts into each dimpled anchor location. Depending on the type of expansion bolts you're using, you might need to hammer them in place or use a drill. Keep driving the bolts in until the head of the bolts are flush with the surface of the frame

Caulk the joint where the frame meets the wall. Repeat to caulk both sides of the opening.

Things You Will Need

  • Utility knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Pry bar
  • Maul hammer
  • Grinder
  • Safety glasses
  • Demo saw
  • Door frame with specialty anchors
  • Tape measure
  • Pen or pencil
  • Drill with masonry bit
  • Level
  • Shims
  • Expansion bolts
  • Caulk


  • Choose a welded metal frame that's the same size as your old one when purchasing a replacement. Request a frame with an EWA prep, or existing wall anchors. These types of fasteners are designed for installing metal frames into existing masonry walls.

About the Author Emily Beach works in the commercial construction industry in Maryland. She received her LEED accreditation from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2008 and is in the process of working towards an Architectural Hardware Consultant certification from the Door and Hardware Institute. She received a bachelor's degree in economics and management from Goucher College in Towson, Maryland.

Oh, you're his psychic now?

2006-10-02 17:26:17 by -

Glad he has you to clarify what his brain is thinking.
"flat doors -- no curley Qs and dumb ass "country" designs. No decorative panels or anything like that."
Could easily describe shaker which is simplicity by definition as the shakers were all about functionality without frills with flat inserts in square frames.
Now if he said no door frame, then that would not include shaker. Also "modern" which means nothing.
Sounds like he might want those ultra modern italian cabinets. Of course he didn't say that or what his budget was. Most of the flat "modern" cabinets I've seen have crappy pressboard doors unless you count some refurbished metal 50's cabinets

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