Door Casing Questions

krrose27July 23, 2014

Hello Everyome,

We are in the middle of a few renovations. In one area our contractor removed a standard swinging door and replaced it with a sliding door.

It was cased and then the door/casing was painted.

At the bottom of the edges where it meets the ground their is this weird little gap and also along the frame where it was painted it looks fuzzy.

For the gap I have no clue what caused it or how it should be fixed. The want to just put white caulk in the wholes.

For the weird fuzy painting I think it was just bad painting and they need to sand and repaint.

Onions/Ideas are greatly appreciated.

Pictures @ http://imgur.com/a/Ppot5

This post was edited by krrose27 on Wed, Jul 23, 14 at 21:07

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Trebruchet

It depends how large the gap is. I'd caulk up to 1/8", maybe 3/16".

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 9:35PM
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snoonyb

The pkt. door appears to have been elevated in anticipation of floor covering, to be installed.

There is also no base board installed.

The damaged pkt. door jamb should have been sanded before painting.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 9:57PM
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krrose27

Trebruchet/snoonyb,

I took a better picture of the gap at the bottom (and laid a piece of bullnose on the wall). So you would get a batter sense of what I was talking about.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2014 at 10:07PM
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snoonyb

If the gap you are referring to is adjacent to the corner of the ruler, thats not casing, It's the pkt. door jamb and the molding on its face is the stop.

The tile base, on the wall, abuts the casing which appears to have little or no gap where it meets the floor.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 1:55AM
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krrose27

That's what I'm referring too.

I'm not sure why this is visible? Should the trim and edges meet so their is no gap or should the would that is their go all the way to the floor?

What's the best fix?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 2:12AM
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kudzu9

That small gap can be adequately dealt with by a competent caulker and then painted over. It would be best if there was some backing put into the hole first, but, either way, it will not be noticeable once done. Just make sure they tool the caulk rather than just put a glob in the hole.

Likewise, the rough edges of the molding can be sanded and repainted with little effort.

A good contractor would not allow those trivial but unnecessary defects to occur in the first place, so keep an eye on how they take care of your legitimate complaints.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 3:01AM
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krrose27

Thank you for your reassurance kudzu.

That happens to be the issue and why I feel the need to ask questions. As more people of the team come through we're finding out that a lot of the new hires have been put on our job and that some of them have already been let go from work done on our and other jobs (11 weeks in atm).

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 3:05AM
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kudzu9

Good luck. Your instincts are good...continue to follow them.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 3:20AM
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krrose27

So here's another question...

Our contrator said they had a plan for this so I didn't question it, but the person who showed up this morning has a plan that doesn't float well with me. It is "ignore it until I get use to it.".

The pocket door seems to have a casing/frame that doesn't match on both sides. Is this normal? If not, what is a fix?

Side 1: Second step down is rounded.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 9:49AM
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krrose27

Side 2: Instead of round it is a square edge (ignore the nick, just reusing a picture).

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 9:50AM
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renovator8

The "ground" appears to be a sub-floor. If that is true, what will the final floor covering be? Would it not cover the gap?

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 2:41PM
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krrose27

Renovator8,

http://ths.gardenweb.com/forums/remodel/msg0721061920314.070212129209.jpg

Beneath the ruler is a porcelain tile.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 7:15PM
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snoonyb

"I'm not sure why this is visible?"

It's because;"The pkt. door appears to have been elevated in anticipation of floor covering, to be installed."

The pkt. door frame was installed incorrectly, unless, there is a special case where you are architecturally matching doors.

The door frame sets flush with the floor and if there is not enough adjustment in the door hdw. to allow for floor covering, you cut the door off.

The nylon guide, is just that.

"Should the trim and edges meet so their is no gap or should the would that is their go all the way to the floor?"

The edges are what define the architecture.

If the floor is a hard surface then they should go the that surface. If carpet then hold them to even with or just above.

I would fill that gap withe water putty and shaped to match.

    Bookmark   July 24, 2014 at 11:31PM
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