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Old 11-30-2011, 05:36 PM   #1
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I hope this isn't to stupid a question, but how deep is a new door supposed to be? Had a new door framed in a new spot near the old one. reason for my question is the placement of the stud when I screw in the new deadbolt, I,m afraid it won't hit the stud enough. I took photos hope that helps.
This door goes from my kitchen to the garage if that makes any difference.
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Old 11-30-2011, 06:53 PM   #2
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What manufacturer is that deadbolt? If it is Schlage, Emtek or Baldwin it should come with a reinforcing
plate that fits in under the satin nickel trim plate. It's about 1/8" thick and has holes off to the side
for the larger screws that secure the plate to the stud. From your picture through the receiving hole (nice shot btw!),
it looks like it should catch the stud nicely. If you are still concerned you could glue and screw a block of
wood to the stud where it will be covered by the casing after drywall. That would give you a little extra meat to hold screws.

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Old 11-30-2011, 08:54 PM   #3
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I am installing the knobs, yes it has plate but I have to use the chisel to make the hole. Yes it's a Shlage, amdahl thanks for the coment on the photo.
I wasn't going to try screwing deadbolt plate in place till I knew I could safety.
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A couple of little things that should help:
1. I see that you have a shim above the deadbolt strike plate area.
Shim just below the hole also so that the bottom screw does not pull your jamb away from door.
2. Drill a pilot hole for those big security screws. 3/16" or slightly smaller bit should work well.
If you don't you might split the jamb or the screw could get stuck going into the stud.

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You won't get much better advice than Richard just hooked you up with.

BTW Richard, I look at some of your portfolio work...

Really nice stuff. I wish you were out on this coast.
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Thank you for the advice, we will get right to it, right after my husband and I get over having the flu. Yuck!
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Thanks for the kind words, Win!

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a question for you guys do you shim the top of the door?
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Do you mean do I shim the head jamb?
If so, I say yes, as needed to straighten reveal.
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my reveal is good, just wondering cause it is just a 1/2 inch gap
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Where is the 1/2" gap that you mentioned?
If it is between the header and the jamb, just make sure that
it is shimmed and nailed securely and fill with door and window low expansion
spray foam..

Do not overfill because it is very sticky and messy to clean up!
Acetone on a rag cuts it pretty nicely as long as it is not dry yet.
Then proceed with flashing and exterior and interior finish work.

I hope that answers but am not sure that I understood question!
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