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Old 12-23-2009, 02:21 PM   #1
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Door Casing, & top edge of door way not level


I have a slightly different situation but sounds like it should follow under the same subject. See the image below. The ceiling is in line with the trim, but the ceiling & trim are not exactly level. The door itself is more level but you can see that horrible gap. Just trying to cut the door would make it look worse because of the door's panels. Any tips on fixing this? Would a new door just give me the same problems?


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Old 12-23-2009, 03:14 PM   #2
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Looks like possibly your hinge side jamb has moved back at the bottom.

Open the door all the way up and do two things:

1. Carefully measure both the top opening and the bottom opening widths.
Is the bottom measurement larger than the top?

2. Put a level from the top hinge to the bottom hinge.
Is it out of plumb?

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Well, surprisingly enough, the width is exactly 30 inches at both the top and bottom of the door jam.

However, I did measure the height, and the hinge side of the jam is a good 1/4 inch shorter.
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I think somebody cut the top of that door!!

Put a square on it and check.--MIKE--
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I don't think the door was cut. If you measured the jamb lengths and the hinge side is a 1/4" shorter, Pull the trim off both sides and rehang the door. Either shim up the hinge side or cut 1/4" off the opposite side. Shim the rest of the door properly, make sure the hinges are tight, and use a longer screw in each hinge (2 1/2") to anchor it to the stud.
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