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Old 10-08-2010, 07:38 AM   #1
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Can door jambs be repaired or just get a new door?


Was looking for some advice on my exterior door. Wind caught the storm door and ripped the door jamb apart at the top and bottom. Can the door jamb be repaired cheaper then a new door?

I am leaning towards a new door that I'll get an energy tax credit on, that is only around 200.00.

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Old 10-08-2010, 08:03 AM   #2
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At least in my area: Door jambs can be purchased and replaced. This sounds as if it is the hinge side of the door frame which will be a little more work involving mortising in the door hinges. A decent DIY'er should be able to do this. I do these often for much the same reason, or if a door gets kicked in. Door jambs here run about $28 each. David

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Old 10-08-2010, 11:32 AM   #3
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If you do decide to replace the door, Lowes sells decent Larson doors under $200. I would recommend going up to the models between $200 and $250 so you can get a better handle (I have one with the brass hardware and privacy lock), but all of them qualify for the energy credit.
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The section of the jamb that holds the hinge can be cut, removed and replaced for a lot cheaper that replacing the door. Remove your trim pieces, set a circular saw to the dept of the jamb and cut a few inches above and below the damaged area.
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How old is the door? Do you know if it was insulated around the jamb? Might be a good time to replace the whole door to upgrade. That is what I would do at least.
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Old 10-08-2010, 10:09 PM   #6
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When you put the new storm door in, install one of those chain restrictors at the top. It's cheap insurance.
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