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I have read some of the threads on doors before, but I still have some questions and one specific one.

What would be better:
http://www.homedepot.com/p/JELD-WEN-Premium-6-Panel-Primed-White-Steel-Entry-Door-with-Brickmold-765115/202036442
This door is an exterior door, pre-hung with the seals.


Or get this door (Masonite Safe n Sound 1 3/8" solid composite door, 36" wide):
http://www.homedepot.com/p/Masonite-Safe-N-Sound-Cheyenne-Smooth-2-Panel-Camber-Top-Plank-Solid-Core-Primed-Composite-Prehung-Interior-Door-19754/202872672?N=1z140hd
And then get some door seals from the hardware store + a threshold.

It seems to me that the exterior grade door is a cheaper solution, maybe not as high of a WAF
What do you think? Am I missing something?

Also I have a steel beam that is 82" off the ground, so the exterior door may be slightly too large. :/

Also, any downsides to larger 36" doors?

You can see the 2 door placements here:
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I would go with the Masonite door, and see if you can get the 1-3/4" version. They may have to order it, but the extra mass is worthwhile. I went back and forth on this decision too, and the exterior steel door just wouldn't look right. Also, the steel door would be extremely reflective acoustically.

No downside to a 36" door that I can think of. Sure makes getting things in and out of the room easier...
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So yeah, so this room is a huge compromise. One side leads to the stairs up. The other side leads to the sliding glass door and the laundry room. So basically I get one row of seating and it will be 15'9" wide and 12" deep. Not ideal but it's all I've got to work with. I'll contact HD and see if they can order me the thicker version.

Thinking something like this around the door frame- hopefully it would still close?
http://www.acehardware.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2806045&cp=2568443.2568453.2626341.2627446

Not sure if my room would qualify as a "dedicated" theater or not.
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If all you have is $25 this is the way to seal 3 of the 4 sides of an interior door. You pry off the original door stop and replace with a stop that has a kerf with a seal inserted.

http://www.lowes.com/pd_104805-81-87981_0__?productId=3200767&Ntt=door+weatherstripping&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Ddoor%2Bweatherstripping&facetInfo=

If you have a higher budget you order an adjustable door seal from soundproofingcompany.com.

Just a FYI, I buy my doors at a custom millwork shop. The cost is no more than a custom order from the big boxes, often less. You select a door and they will hang it in a door frame of your choice, that way you could have them do one with an exterior jamb if you want one complete with seals. If it is a good shop they may be able to do a wood threshold instead of metal one which comes with the cheaper exterior doors.
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I agree with Big. I ordered three 1-3/4 solid Jeld-Wen doors yesterday from the local building supply and they were cheaper than the quote from Home Depot. I've ordered fro HD before. It's the same door, just a little longer lead time and a little more hassle picking up from HD.

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Just a FYI, I buy my doors at a custom millwork shop. The cost is no more than a custom order from the big boxes, often less. You select a door and they will hang it in a door frame of your choice, that way you could have them do one with an exterior jamb if you want one complete with seals. If it is a good shop they may be able to do a wood threshold instead of metal one which comes with the cheaper exterior doors.

I totally agree.........

I had my door custom made with 12" jams using a 2-1/2'' door................even the hinges were custom spec-ed using bearings for the added weight and elongated throw. The cost was not significantly more and you receive exactly what you want.
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Yet another vote for using the local door shop. And any solid door will beat a steel skin door. Plus a steel door is major ugh-lee.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I know it sucks that I have such a limited budget. I am thinking $200/door is about the max I can spend. When I do my build thread, I'll detail all the costs. I will contact some local door places and see what they can do.
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My Jeld-Wen 2'-6"x6'-8" door slab was ~$130 with tax from the local building supply.

I looks almost the same as the one you linked to (mine doesn't have the beaded panels), but is 1-3/4" thick. Yes, you will pay more for a pre-hung unit, but I have to think it would be around $200.

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I pay around $150 for a 1 3/4 solid core door pre-hung.
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Well, just talked to a local door place.

He was saying if I want a "sealed" door, I should get an exterior frame and just put the interior door in that.

Quote as follows:
Masonite 1.375" thich 80x36" door: $107 (They don't carry 1.75" interior doors)
Exterior grade frame, sills, jams, etc, fully sealed and hung: $157
Total cost with tax: $284

2nd place: $131 for a Masonite Carerra 1.75" solid core
$135 hung in a 2x4 exterior frame with Jam, sill, etc, $266 total before tax, so roughly the same.
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Metal or wood threshold? (Sill) Get the heaviest door.
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Metal or wood threshold? (Sill) Get the heaviest door.

Big, thanks for all your input. I'll ask them if they can do a wood threshold. The 2nd place with the 1 3/4" door, pre-hung with the seals integrated into the solid jams and threshold in place should be the ticket. It's over my budget but maybe I can find another way to cut costs. Anything else I think will be a compromise. I'll be sure to post back when I get my doors ordered.
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