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Old 10-09-2010, 04:24 PM   #1
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What size nail should I use 2 1/2" or 3" when replacing a door jam?


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Old 10-09-2010, 04:36 PM   #2
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what size nail should I use when replacing a door jamb, 2 1/2" or 3"?

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Old 10-09-2010, 07:47 PM   #3
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It really depends on how much extra space you have between your jamb and the frame work. I have seen, at times, where the frame was 3 inches wider than the door jamb and that makes quite a reach for shims and nails. If there is a lot of extra room between the frame and jamb I would nail some fillers straight to the frame before putting the jamb in the frame.

I have always preferred 2 1/2 inch personally as the 3 inch nails have more of a chance of run out or following the grain of the wood and curl back out of the wood. I am speaking of gun nails here.

One thing I always did was install a 3 inch screw under each hinge as it will really help hold the frame in place.
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Interior door? or Exterior?
Nominal 1" (3/4") jamb? or 2" (1 1/2" rabbeted)?

I have used up to 3 1/2" galvanized casing nails on thicker exterior jambs.
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THANK YOU very much for your help. This is a door from the garage to the kitchen entry. You ahve been very helpful. ART
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