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Old 07-25-2014, 07:51 PM   #1
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When you are trimming a cased opening, a 3/0 x 6/8 regular plain cased opening for example, how do you like to do it?

Cut and install each jamb individually and then install casing

Attach you jambs together on the floor then install the jambs and then trim it

Attach jambs and one side of casing on the floor, install, then trim the other side

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both sides then head on the wall

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Cut and install each jamb individually and then install casing
If you're talking about jambs/extensions then yes, build the box first and then shim and secure into position.
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No way would I prebuild anything, it's going to pull apart at the seam before you can get it in place.
I always install the head piece first then the sides.
Casing is never perfectly straight, if you nailed the sides first how would you adjust the head piece to get a tight fit? Not going to happen.
Once the heads in place start by nailing the side piece at the top and outside edge of casing, then start nailing into the face and adjust it as you go down for equal exposure.
Once the two nails are in the outside of the case and there's two in the face the seam will not open up as the side casing is moved.
I use 3/16" as an exposure so there's plenty of wood in the jamb to nail to.
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I knew one guy who would cut and nail his header jamb in place. Then cut and install a side jamb. Then cut and install the other side jamb. Then install casing.

Known folks to cut and nail together the jambs (the box), install the box into rough opening, shim and secure, then install casing.

Also known folks to build the box and install casing on one side and then install it like a pre-hung door, then install casing on the other side.

I don't do enough to have developed a particular I like yet so I'm picking everyone's brain.

I can definitely "get-r-done" when I need to but wanting to learn tips, tricks, and improve my ways.

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No way would I prebuild anything, it's going to pull apart at the seam before you can get it in place.
I always install the head piece first then the sides.
Casing is never perfectly straight, if you nailed the sides first how would you adjust the head piece to get a tight fit? Not going to happen.
Once the heads in place start by nailing the side piece at the top and outside edge of casing, then start nailing into the face and adjust it as you go down for equal exposure.
Once the two nails are in the outside of the case and there's two in the face the seam will not open up as the side casing is moved.
I use 3/16" as an exposure so there's plenty of wood in the jamb to nail to.
Do you install your jambs one piece at a time?
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I messed up and miss read your post.( was in a hurry, someone had just brought me a bowl of fresh cut water melon, )
Yes prebuild the jambs and lift into place. Real jambs have a dado at the top.
If you use a 6' level to check the jambs as your shimming them you will not end up with bows that throw off the casing exposures.
No nails needed in the head piece to hold it up.
Install the casing after it's in place.
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I misread also. I thought you meant casing. Can't remember installing a cased opening but would probably do it the same as a pre-hung door, build jam, hang jam,case on wall.

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