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Exterior Door hits Jamb

When I force the door closed, the gap between door and frame by the top hinge is much larger than near the bottom hinge. This indicates to me that the top hinge was sprung at some point. In other ...
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How to fix this storm door hinge?

Go to your home store and pick up a package of dowel pins or just get one big dowel rod and a drill bit to match.They come in many sizes depending on the hole you're trying to repair. Drill out the ...
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How to fix a damaged door frame?

This door had been broken before, there is caulk or some type of filler at the edges of the break, where some stayed on one side, some stayed on the other. This will really give you a hard time to get ...
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Exterior door jamb construction

I'm in agreement with ipe, but thought it was worth noting that the price for premanufactured ipe thresholds is currently 5 times that of oak. Oak is also good quality and often used for outside door ...
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Exterior door jamb construction

whenever i build a custom exterior jamb, i use ipe. its stronger and harder than anything else you will find for exterior work, takes paint well, clears beautifully, and is a great wood in general. ...
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How to fix a damaged door frame?

I would use a good quality wood glue, clamp it, wipe away excess glue, and let it dry. After it is dry, you should sand it along the fracture, wood putty to fill any depressions, and let dry. Sand and ...
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Do I need to cut under door jambs when installing laminate flooring?

You don't have to, but there's not a great alternative to prevent gaps from showing. An "undercut saw" can be rented cheaply at your local tool rental shop. It's basically a circular saw with the ...
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Exterior Door hits Jamb

I took the top hinge off and put them in a vise, but it did not appear to be bent. I shimmed behind all 3 hinges and drove 3.5" screws into the studs. I also shimmed the other side of the door ...
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Door Jamb and Moulding as Load Bearing?

It’s not structural. It’s just a design we use for “clean lines” without the grooves and notches in the trim, etc. If you were to remove the entire frame, you’d see that there are shims along the head ...
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Filling Gap Between External Door Frame and Wall - For Securing Strike Plate Screws

You could put some shims/wood filler/bondo in there, but it's 90% cosmetic. (The remaining 10% is that it would resist an attack with a prybar, but realistically, if someone is coming at your door ...
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How to fix a damaged door frame?

Pry off the molding on the wall face of the broken part. If the split piece will fit back together (with some persuasion, of course), glue, clamps, a few finish nails, move on. The wall molding is ...
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How to fit jam extensions to this window?

The right way to fix this is to cut out the spray foam insulation and move the window into proper position so that the two units align on a single plane. This isn't as difficult as it sounds. You can ...
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How to fix this storm door hinge?

For a quick fix clean out any loose wood, glue small pieces of wood (matchsticks, toothpicks, even a twig off the ground) in the holes to fill them, let dry, then replace the screws.
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Interior doors no longer fit flush with frames when closing

One trick I've used is to remove a few screws on the top hinge and replace them with very long screws that can reach the stud (assuming wood studs). That can (not always, but sometimes), snug up the ...
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Appropriate slack for door jambs

I like to have 1/8" to 1/2" gap all round. if you run out of gap you do not need to pack it, you can even plane the back of the jamb to make it fit.
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How to fix an uneven (curved) upper window box to install blinds?

This could be an easy fix or a time-consuming one - but worth a shot. With a vinyl window casing I would carefully remove the window trim at the top. That will enable you to see what you're dealing ...
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How to fix an uneven (curved) upper window box to install blinds?

I would insert the spacer as you suggest, and then re-trim the front. Sanding 1/4in is a lot of work. It seems that the casing trim is straight, but the window box is curved. You can get small trims (...
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Exterior Door - Jam Placement

Will the top of the door get any rain or snow? If so, do you plan to add any flashing at the top? (I hope so) There should be a top flashing that goes under the stucco and turns out over the trim of ...
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Exterior Door - Jam Placement

Bring the exterior edge of the jamb flush with the stucco. This will make it easier to seal against water. Not sure if exterior trim will be used, but it will offer more protection against the ...
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Door jamb and molding too short after replacing carpet with hardwood floor?

I know this is old, but I'll add this for others to reference: You can drop the door & frame fairly easily. If you are replacing the casing on both sides of the door, you can essentially "...
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Door jamb and molding too short after replacing carpet with hardwood floor?

If you are going to replace the molding, I would replace the jam as well. I looks to me like you are due for an upgrade in all of your wood-work. With the new floors and new wood-work, I think you ...
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New door jamb is smaller than the one it replaced. Can I use it?

You removed one side of the jamb, and replaced it with new construction. But, there are 2 problems. the jamb is bowing; the jamb is not deep enough. The old jambs were 5 1/4" and fit perfectly ...
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New door jamb is smaller than the one it replaced. Can I use it?

It appears to me you have a brick exterior and a 2x4 wall that gives you a thicker wall. At the very least, you need a jamb for 2x6 walls. That may be wide enough to fit. Then follow the ...
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New door jamb is smaller than the one it replaced. Can I use it?

It's the carpenter's responsibility to properly shim and anchor any door jamb. Unless it's a rigid steel commercial unit, it's not designed to be self-supporting. I usually shim behind each hinge on ...
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Replaced door hinges and now the door won't close - hits the door stop on the hinge side

Resetting the hinges so the door sits a little further from the stop will work. Sometimes it is easier to remove the door stop and reset it away from the the door a bit, especially if you are ...
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Filling Gap Between External Door Frame and Wall - For Securing Strike Plate Screws

If you like (I do this sometimes for big gaps), try to find a piece of plywood exactly the right thickness for the gap behind the deadbolt. Drill thru the jamb and plywood and you may want a pilot ...
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How to fix a damaged door frame?

Did the door jam closed because the jamb had settled or warped? If so, you'd be better off replacing rather than repairing the jamb. I would tear out the old jamb and door and buy a replacement pre-...
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How do I fill the hole caused by removing a door plate on a metal door jamb?

For filling holes on the jamb, I have had the most success using a two-part wood filler (similar to automotive body filler). Slightly overfill the old hole and let it set, then plane it down with a ...
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How do I fill the hole caused by removing a door plate on a metal door jamb?

The usual approach is to attach a cover plate.
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