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Old 06-27-2013, 11:03 AM   #1
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Well I've gone and done it now! The pics are of a former door frame. My intentions were just to remove the trim and just finish it out as an opening. But 40 years of paint meant the entire frame came off in one piece. Originally, the frame was put in with cut nails through full dimension lumber.

I'm thinking about trimming this out with 1" lumber. The intention is to make everything flush and clean.

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Old 06-27-2013, 07:28 PM   #2
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I am guessing those are old hardwood flooring cut nails. Almost as hard as masonry nails. I would assemble the frame and install it all at once. If you don't want large nails like the cut nails you can install the frame, shim plumb and level. you may have to put some scrap wood the width of the inside of the frame to keep it from bowing inwards. Drive finish nails through until they make a chip in the concrete blocks. Remove them and the frame and drill a 1/4 to 3/8 hole with a masonry drill and drive some PT plugs into them, cut them off flush. Re install the frame and drive the finish nails into the plugs. Set and fill as usual. I have seen spring loaded metal inserts put into the masonry, called whistlers, in older buildings that held the nails almost like expansion anchors.

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I was thinking about chipping away the block so it is flush with the firring strips. It will be a mess I know. Screw into the firring strips and glue. I like the idea of the plugs. I may do that on the side where there are no firring strips.

Should I use some finish wood or drywall? This is going to be painted with no trim attached.
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A circular saw with a cheap masonry blade will make a neater finish, and not risk cracking the blocks. Use the wood strips for the cut line the blade will run against it like a guide without cutting into it like teeth would. You could also make the frame the same width as the outside of the strips, then if you want to extend the drywall they make a metal J channel for ending the drywall and protecting it with out having to add trim.
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