I bought an inexpensive 32" prehung entry door to replace an old wood door in my detached garage. After removing the old door and some really bad furring work, the rough opening is just shy of 36" which means I have about 2.5" of extra horizontal space.
I'm not going to make that up with shims but I could fur it down. On the other hand, the existing framing is not in great shape; I could tear it out and reframe.
What signs would make it clear that I need to reframe, rather than working with the existing framing?
There are a few things I don't like about the current framing:
The jack studs are splitting (worse on the left:
than on the right:
- The opening is a bit out of plumb (but not too badly -- the difference is 5/8" from slab to header)
The jack stud on the right is warped:
The garage is unfinished and the siding is mismatched old boards that I don't much care about, so extra finish work isn't a big deal if I were to reframe. I expect that some pros will take the position "when in doubt, reframe it" but keep in mind this is a DIY project so it's not my reputation or livelihood on the line, just my pride and the functionality of the door.