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Old 09-27-2008, 10:16 PM   #1
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taking out a steel frame door.

I have a steel frame door going from my garage to the house. The frame is steel also. I want to replace the door and cannot seem to find any screws or fasterners that are hold the jamb in place. I checked the header and everywhere else. Any help appreciated.


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Old 09-27-2008, 11:10 PM   #2
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Some steel doors have snap-on jamb stops that conceal the screws. Do the jamb stops appear to be removable.

Also, some doors with steel jambs have screws that go in before the door casing is involved. This is more common that the aforementioned type. Pull the casing if the jamb stops don't come off.

Be sure you replace that door with a fire door, not some cheapo hollow core. That's a requirement.


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there are also some manufactured door jambs that are hung before the dry wall is installed. they have metal nailing tabs on the jambs that are nailed to the rough framing. and then the dry wall is then slipped behind the metal trim. this could be one. Another problem with this type of door frame ,is that the rough opening will have to be adjusted to fit a new modern manufactured door. the opening is usually smaller by about 1"
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It may be a commercial "knock down" jamb. If so, there should be some slots in the face of the jamb you can put a flat screwdriver into near the top of the "stop". (What the door closes against.) Back the screws off as far as you can. That will loosen up the jamb where you can move the jamb back and forth. (Cut any caulk/paint loose on the sides too. At the bottom of the jamb there will be a tab (under the baseboard and possibly the drywall) with a screw run into the bottom plate (one in each corner on both sides of the door). Remove the screws. You should be able to pull in on the bottom of one side of the jamb far enough to "unhook" it from the header and remove it. The rest will come out easily.
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Check on the lower area of the door frames, where the baseboard would be. As stated, there are many types of attachment points for steel framed doors. A common area of attachment is at the lowest point.
Either on the door frame itself, by a hidden metal attachment tab (behind the sheetrock) or even by a return tab that is located at the base of the jamb, on the floor, but is cemented over.
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Old 09-29-2008, 07:40 AM   #6
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If it is a steel jamb, it's a good bet it is fire rated. You'll want to replace this with a door and jamb of the proper rating.


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