Would cutting a 4-5" hole in my glass door ruin its structural integrity?
I'm running out of options for how to vent my portable AC unit out of my bedroom in my new apartment since there are no windows. My last resort that I'd love to avoid is buying a second lite door, cutting a hole in it, taking down the current door, switching hardware and installing/uninstalling every summer + when I move out.
The current door is a standard, left-swing with a full glass panel and ~4" of wooden trim around the edges. I've been told that trying to vent through the 2.5" deadbolt hole using a reducer is a bad idea, so I'm thinking of cutting a hole in the glass to vent the hose. That way, before I'd move out, I would only have to replace the glass. I could possibly even give my landlord the money to replace it when I leave.
Where would I want to cut to not make the glass weak to weather, and where would be best for the hose? Can I do the bottom corner, or would it have to be higher, like door knob height?
After all the debate across here, reddit and many home DIY threads, I finally caved and texted my landlord to see if I can just install a wall vent. He said he'd have no problem hiring someone to do it lol.
- STEVEN FLv 71 month agoFavourite answer
The glass doesn't HAVE structural integrity to ruin. The FRAME it the only part that contributes to the structural integrity of the door.
- Anonymous1 month ago
First you can't cut in glass. You would have to take it to a glass place and they would have to use a DIAMOND SAW to cut a circular opening. Costs. As it is an AC unit, heat comes out the back side of the AC unit. You want that to go outside the apartment, not inside. Usually the AC units are something that fit inside windows with a blockage on the side so the cool stays in. The handiman will know how to do this& know that it must exhaust outside.
- Anonymous1 month ago
What kind of death trap of apartment you have with no windows?
How many doors to apartment? In case of emergency or fire in hall way how do you get out?
A bedroom without a window might also be ILLEGAL.
- Spock (rhp)Lv 71 month ago
in essence, you can't easily 'cut a hole' in many glass doors ... they are made with tempered glass and it intentionally doesn't cut [that's for safety from intruders]. suggest you consult your local handyman as to what can be done
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- MarvinatorLv 71 month ago
Is this a standard swinging hinged door or a glass sliding door? If the former, you'd almost need to buy a new door (or an old used one) and replace the Landlord's door. You can then cut a hole in it as you need. Replace it every spring and summer.
If the latter, you could use a 6" board and cut the hole, and then put the board in the open area by sliding the door open 6". You'd need to secure the open door by putting a 2x4 or large diameter dowel rod in the track behind the door, thus keeping it from opening easily. (No damage to the door and The dowel can be removed to open the door.)_
- BarryLv 51 month ago
I think you will find that the door panel is safety glass. So you can't cut a hole in it. If it were tried the whole panel would fracture into small fragments. Ask a glazier if you doubt me. I think you have a problem. Unless you can convince the landlord to allow your machine to vent through a wall you are stymied. A simple square patch painted to match the wall when you leave could be an asset for a similar installation.
- boy boyLv 71 month ago
are you telling us you have no window in your bedroom? ..illegal where i live ..move out
- EdwenaLv 71 month ago
Cut about 1/2" off of the bottom of the door. No one will know the difference. About the same size as your hole. If that won't work, put a hole through the wall and put an air return screen on each side. The problem with that one is that people can also hear sounds through it. So, it has to be well placed.