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Old 08-28-2011, 10:11 PM   #1
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I am buying a property where the door has been kicked in. The frame along the side where the deadbolt is located is cracked and the trim is completely broken off.

What is the best way to go about fixing this?

Thanks - Ryan
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The picture isn't all that specific. Is the damage to the wall too? If not, just replace the framing/moulding. If it's the wall, add plaster with a metal mesh reinforcement depending on how bad it is.

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Old 08-29-2011, 01:03 AM   #3
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If the door is fine then i'd replace the damaged jamb and the casing on that side. You may be able to keep the rest of the frame and the door in place, since the hinge side appears to be fine,

just replace the jamb so that the door will close with an eighth reveal or so and will latch properly.

Another alternative would be to replace the door with an outswing door, much better for security (can't kick it in)
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If the door is fine then i'd replace the damaged jamb and the casing on that side. You may be able to keep the rest of the frame and the door in place, since the hinge side appears to be fine,

just replace the jamb so that the door will close with an eighth reveal or so and will latch properly.

Another alternative would be to replace the door with an outswing door, much better for security (can't kick it in)

So - only replace the casing on one side? How do you do that? Do they sell only one side of a door casing?

How would I install this? Try to rip out just that one side of the casing and replace it?

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That's a common door casing around here. You should be able to purchase it by the foot. The install is simple - Just cut it to fit and install with finishing nails.

To replace the jamb, you'll also need to remove the brickmold outside (carefully pry it off to re-use later). Run a reciprocating saw between the jamb and the wall to cut loose the nails.

You may be able to find a replacement jamb, or you may need to make it. If you end up making it yourself, you'll probably need a table saw, some drill bits (for the strikes) and a chisel to mortise in the strike plates.

You'd rip, cut & round the edges of a 1x board to fit(you'll probably cut a 1/2 lap joint at the top), carefully remove the stop from the old jamb - nail it on or screw it on from behind, drill the holes and mortise in the plates - Use whats left of the old piece as a template.

Install it just like you would a new door - plumb it (adjust for the door as necessary), slide shims in behind and nail it in with heavy finish nails. Insulate with low-expansion foam (door & window), and nail on the new casing. Paint it all to match.
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That's a common door casing around here. You should be able to purchase it by the foot. The install is simple - Just cut it to fit and install with finishing nails.

To replace the jamb, you'll also need to remove the brickmold outside (carefully pry it off to re-use later). Run a reciprocating saw between the jamb and the wall to cut loose the nails.

You may be able to find a replacement jamb, or you may need to make it. If you end up making it yourself, you'll probably need a table saw, some drill bits (for the strikes) and a chisel to mortise in the strike plates.

You'd rip, cut & round the edges of a 1x board to fit(you'll probably cut a 1/2 lap joint at the top), carefully remove the stop from the old jamb - nail it on or screw it on from behind, drill the holes and mortise in the plates - Use whats left of the old piece as a template.

Install it just like you would a new door - plumb it (adjust for the door as necessary), slide shims in behind and nail it in with heavy finish nails. Insulate with low-expansion foam (door & window), and nail on the new casing. Paint it all to match.

Holly cow. This is not an easy fix. Thanks for the advice. - Ryan

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