I have installed several pre-hung exterior doors using the following process:

  1. Tip door into opening
  2. Remove 1 screw from each hinge
  3. Shim hinge side of jamb until it's plumb & flat
  4. Drive a long screw through the hinge and shims into the framing
  5. Shim latch side plumb & flat
  6. Pull weather stripping back & drive screws through latch-side jamb into framing

I recently purchased several interior pre-hung doors. I'm good on repeating this process up until step 6. Interior doors don't have weather stripping to hide the screws behind.

I've considered a couple of options:

  • Trim-head screws, possible countersinking a pilot hole so that the heads will be below the surface, then filling with putty, but that seems like a tremendous amount of work.
  • Long brad/finish nails (I think my nailer will drive 2 or 2-1/2" nails) but I'm not sure if that's sufficient for an interior door.

What are the recommended methods of attaching the latch side of the door jamb to the framing so that the fasteners aren't visible?

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    I usually try to place the nails behind the door stop.
    – crip659
    Nov 2, 2023 at 18:36
  • You're recommending that I pry the pre-installed stop off the jamb, nail/screw underneath, then replace it, @crip659? Might make for a good answer...
    – FreeMan
    Nov 2, 2023 at 19:46
  • You might find the putty easier. Those door stops are usually flimsy so care must be taken when pulling them off. Just guessing but they seem to be about 1/2x3/4 or less. Should be only about 1 inch finish nails holding them on.
    – crip659
    Nov 2, 2023 at 20:05
  • Go on, @crip659 — that is an answer. And the stops are easy to pull off without breaking them. Nov 3, 2023 at 11:00
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    Yes, exactly what you’re thinking of: the reveal between the door and the jamb. Nov 3, 2023 at 12:55

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For interior doors, the door stops are usually pull off carefully.

Nails/screws can then be used to hold the door frame to the rough opening.

Doors stops are usually only held by small finishing nails.

Depending on finish, if painted the paint will probably cover the small nail holes. Stain will probably need wood filler, but maybe not. The holes from finishing nails maybe a 1/16 round.

  • Thanks. Frankly, it never occurred to me to do this. Unfortunately, I was in a big hurry to get a bathroom door hung and now I've got huge, visible screw holes to cover up. But, that's only 1 door out of 5 to hang...
    – FreeMan
    Nov 3, 2023 at 12:07

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