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Old 11-24-2010, 12:45 AM   #1
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I'm installing new molding in my bedroom, and when I started installing the door trim I realized that the the tops of the three doors were not level.
The doors are all in a row on one wall, and the trim that I am installing is going to be pretty complex, with crown type molding on top, not standard colonial case molding (similar to this- http://picsicio.us/image/a8243275/)
So i thought it might look funny with with a 1/4" reveal around and the top trim at different levels and angles.
If i instead put all of the trim at the same height the reveals on the top will be different sizes, which would probably also be noticeable.
Is there a way to install the molding so that it will not look bad?

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Old 11-24-2010, 07:14 AM   #2
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Tops were not level, of not in line with each other??? If not level, make the trim fit the opening. Installing level trim to an unlevel opening looks bad. Or fix the openings first.

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Old 11-24-2010, 11:25 AM   #3
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Tops were not level, of not in line with each other??? If not level, make the trim fit the opening. Installing level trim to an unlevel opening looks bad. Or fix the openings first.
The doors are all uneven with one another, and two of them are out of level.
To fix the openings would i need to remove and replace the jambs?
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Are they all passage doors? or is there a bi-fold in the mix? Seems to me the rough openings are different heights for bi-folds.

Very likely you will need to remove and re-install those doors. Set a level mark on the wall and install to that height.
Do you plan on one head casing for all three doors? or individual head casings?
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Are they all passage doors? or is there a bi-fold in the mix? Seems to me the rough openings are different heights for bi-folds.
Yes, they are all passage doors (entrance, closet, bathroom), and I was planning on separate head casings although two of the doors are close enough that the trim will come pretty close to touching.
Redoing the doors is what I was hoping not to have to do... .
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Trim the 2x6 trim board so the reveal and the top height are the same---

No one is going to notice that one is a bit narrower than the other--
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If the door jambs are not the same height the parting bead will be at different levels. Adjusting the frieze board will make the cornice tops the same but you will still see a difference at the parting bead. If the look is important to you, you will have to reset some of the doors.
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I'm installing new molding in my bedroom, and when I started installing the door trim I realized that the the tops of the three doors were not level.
The doors are all in a row on one wall, and the trim that I am installing is going to be pretty complex, with crown type molding on top, not standard colonial case molding (similar to this- http://picsicio.us/image/a8243275/)
So i thought it might look funny with with a 1/4" reveal around and the top trim at different levels and angles.
If i instead put all of the trim at the same height the reveals on the top will be different sizes, which would probably also be noticeable.
Is there a way to install the molding so that it will not look bad?
How far off are they? Sounds like you need to re-install a couple of doors to plumb them up anyway
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:23 PM   #9
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How far off are they? Sounds like you need to re-install a couple of doors to plumb them up anyway
Well i guess that i have to fix them, but all of the doors were plumb.

The greatest difference between doors was about 1 inch, and the greatest slope in one door was 7/16ths over 2'.
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Well i guess that i have to fix them, but all of the doors were plumb.

The greatest difference between doors was about 1 inch, and the greatest slope in one door was 7/16ths over 2'.
Then you need to go from the lowest point and level across, cutting the frames to height. If your doors are raised panel, you also need to be careful to match up the horizontal members of each door, and the hinges
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Think about using a different casing size on the center door, this will break up the line and make any differences much less noticeable.

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