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Old 02-04-2014, 06:08 PM   #1
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My daughter's front door was kicked in, and the jamb is all damaged and split. Since it's a prehung door(I assume), does the entire unit have to be replaced? Or can it be repaired somehow? It's a townhouse built around 2000. Thanks.

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Old 02-04-2014, 06:54 PM   #2
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Well I guess the main question I have to ask is, was this a result of horseplay or was it a crime? If it was someone kicking in to do a burglary, etc., I think you probably would answer your own question with replace. Then install a security anti-kick plate for the deadbolt and make sure the screws go all the way into the framing. I'm actually a cop, so I have seen all the different ways houses are broken in to. The old front door kick is still pretty popular. Usually the striker plate is blown right out of the jamb as a result of the deadbolt being forced through the jamb. I'd think that jamb would always be weak no matter how you tried to mend it. My front door would take a ram to knock down, and then they'd be greeted by the 3 pups in my picture.

But back on topic, without seeing a picture, the best I could answer would be "maybe" it could be fixed. If this was an interior door, sure. But exterior, no way. Upgrade and protect that baby girl.

Something like this is a good start.
http://m.homedepot.com/p/First-Watch...005/202799866/


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I've fixed a few mangled jambs----I've never run across one that couldn't be repaired----but my carpentry skills and tool collection is above average--

How handy are you? What tools do you have at your disposal?
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:20 PM   #4
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It was horseplay, so to speak. Not handy enough to fix this. That's why I didn't even know if it could be fixed.
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Old 02-04-2014, 09:22 PM   #5
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Well at least that part is good news. Unless your girl was the boot kicker whoever did the damage better pony up. Ha.
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The quick and easy fix is to use a multi-tool to cut out the damaged section of the wood jam. That's usually 2 or 3 feet of the jam. Then you need a replacement piece with the same dimension of what you cut out. Nail that into the studs. Drill new holes for the lock and deadbolt with a spade bit. Replace the mangled metal of the latch and deadbolt latch. It won't be pretty, but it will get you by til you can buy a new door.
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Get to chopping and sanding.
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Google dutchman door repair. Not too difficult.
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i recommend a striker reinforcement plate to prevent kick in.

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I'd replace the whole thing.
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i recommend a striker reinforcement plate to prevent kick in.
Good idea. Is there a plate that will cover both strike plates? Deadbolt and door knob? It seems they're all for deadbolt only?

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