Hanging a pre-hung interior door... need advice.

Christy BellMay 9, 2011

Posted May 09, 2011 10:03 AM

I already tried to just move my hollow core door from one jam to the next and that was a disaster - had to take too much off the door.

So, I'm debating either an existing prehung door (installing new jam, etc.) or just buying a solid door to fit the existing jam.

Which would you suggest as being the easiest to tackle (oh, by the way, I saw an advertisement for Quick Door Hangers and they take the mess out of shims)?

Also, any tips or words of advise would be most appreciated. I'm very nervous about taking this on.

Thanks!

Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
brickeyee

Fine Home-building had a good tutorial on installing pre-hung doors a few issue ago.

    Bookmark   May 9, 2011 at 8:06PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
mike_kaiser_gw

If there's nothing wrong with the existing jamb, why bother with the trouble of replacing it? You could use a solid slab or in some cases, pre-hung hollow doors can be so cheap that you can just toss the jamb.

Is this an odd sized door?

    Bookmark   May 10, 2011 at 8:17AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
HandyMac

Hanging a prehung is almost always easier for a DIYer than fitting a slab to an existing jamb. I recommend using trim head screws instead of nails since adjusting the shims is much easier.

Basic quick and neat prehung procedure:

Shim hinge side plumb(that is straight vertically). You need a long level. Remember to shim the bottom up temporarily(for flooring/ventillation clearance). Just make sure the edgesof the jambs are even with the walls.

Next, install the top of the jamb so there is an even gap when the door is closed.

Next, install the latch side so there is an even gap with the door.

Install trim.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2011 at 10:25AM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
don92

The easiest to tackle? Pre-hung without a doubt. Fitting a new slab to an existing opening is a much higher skill level.

    Bookmark   May 10, 2011 at 9:22PM
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
sierraeast

First step before h-macs advise is to check the opening at the floor for level. If out compensate before setting the hinge side otherwise it could affect the striker side.

    Bookmark   May 11, 2011 at 10:23AM
Sign Up to comment
More Discussions
Pork Chop Return (aka Mutton Chop)
Has anyone successfully changed a pork chop dormer...
betsy031799
Can you clear my doubt about home security system?
I have a home security system installed recently. Do...
jeckjiem
Where to purchase Spanish roof tiles? I just need 2 pieces.
One handyman came to my house to evaluate the price...
janesylvia
Moss removal help!
Can anyone tell me how to effectively remove what looks...
nycbride07
Help - how do I fix this tippy fence - did a dumb thing
Am building a 6 foot wood privacy fence (L shape) from...
kashka_kat
Sponsored Products
Brookwood Black Outdoor Hanging Pendant
$219.90 | Bellacor
WAC Lighting | LEDme Six Light Bar
$137.00 | YLighting
David Bromstad "A Spoon Full of Money" Artwork
Grandin Road
Illumine Wall Mounted 1-Light Outdoor Galvanized Angled Arm Orbitor Shade Wall
Home Depot
Keeva Rod Pocket 108-inch Curtain Panel
Overstock.com
Stansfield Towel Ring
Signature Hardware
People viewed this after searching for:
© 2015 Houzz Inc. Houzz® The new way to design your home™