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Old 08-13-2013, 04:24 PM   #1
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Great forum I get a lot of great info just browsing.I have to custom build the jambs and trim some solid core pine doors for odd size rough openings that can't be modified.

My questions arePretty much all the rough openings are different/odd size so my questions
are.

How much smaller should the door be than the rough opening.

How much space between the jamb and door frame should you leave to shim it
plumb ?

How much space should you leave at the bottom of the door and jamb for
carpet?

How far from the bottom and top of the door should you put the hinges ? ie how to you determine hinge placement


I am looking at the solid core pine doors doors at lowes.


Thanks for your help
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Depends on how out of square the opening is.

If consistent, 0.5" on a door is okay. You will need more and more shimming if you are way out of square.

I will let the finish carpenters help with the rest.
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1. How much smaller should the door be than the rough opening.
Enough to make the jamb plumb and square. Really depends on how rough the rough openings are. From square I add 2" to the door size (assuming 5/8" jambs) then whatever is need to make it square.

2.How much space between the jamb and door frame should you leave to shim it plumb ?
1/4" or less is fine. if the rouigh opening is plumb.

3. How much space should you leave at the bottom of the door and jamb for carpet?
Depends on the thickness of the carpet and pad, find that out then stay 3/8" above it.

4. How far from the bottom and top of the door should you put the hinges ? ie how to you determine hinge placement.
I go 7-10 inches usually around 8", also depends if I am matching existing.
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I am looking at the solid core pine doors doors at lowes.
Do yourself a favor and check with an actual lumber yard. They can either make or order custom sized doors. For less money than you might think. Though perhaps not as cheap as a box store's standard-sized offerings. But by the time you factor the frustration of building and hanging one yourself it might be worth the price to buy one ready-made for the rough opening you've got.

Just a suggestion. I've put in doors both ways and it really made things a lot easier to get the door made and pre-hung.
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