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dsayles1 01-27-2011 05:32 PM

New Door Thicker than Old Hole
We have been remodeling an older home for what seems like forever. We are trying to put in as many newer things as possible, including new 6 panel doors. Our problem for the day is...the newer style doors are 1 3/8 thick and the old door was 1 1/4 which means the hinges and the striker are now not aligned correctly.

My husband's idea is to remove the piece of wood that runs down the center of the door jam and move it back. Unfortunately, I am the one who has already spent hours spraying the molding and I really don't want to see it all torn up.

Using prehungs is also not an option b/c the old casing would break which would mean replacing with new which would then lead to replacing floor molding...and it goes on from there.

Is there an easier solution that we are too exhausted to see?

oh'mike 01-27-2011 05:45 PM

He's got the solution---Move the stop molding---Look in the 'how to' section for an easy to understand posting by WillieT--Mike--

dsayles1 01-27-2011 08:50 PM

I kinda knew that was the case...but can't you just tell me where to get magical doors that fit 1 1/4? Do you understand how much time I have spent on this is so beautiful and white and perfect. Oh well...I guess I'd spend more time trying to work around it than just getting my pry bar action on and doing it over....we've done so much backa$$wards on this house and I know it...the worst part is....I knew it...and I said it...but what does an ol' stupid girl know right?

Glad I found this site...many more posts to come...

Gary in WA 01-27-2011 09:28 PM

Put a texture, putty knife or credit card (last choice) under the bar, starting at the bottom of the door stop. Use the hook end (crow) after it lifts a little, then lever, not pry the trim off as the marks will be under the stop and covered again.


nap 01-27-2011 09:42 PM

know anybody with a BIG planer so you can plane an 1/8" off the door?:laughing:

Mop in Hand 01-27-2011 10:37 PM

With the proper home made jig and a trim router you could cut it back an 1/8". Some of those old jams are 1 piece.

oh'mike 01-28-2011 05:46 AM

I have found the 'painters tool' to be the best trim removal tool--stiff--thin blade--Try it.

dsayles1 01-29-2011 10:50 AM

We DID it!
Wahooo! After deciding it could not be done I decided to pull out the big guns...the disapointed face with the lip poke...and he made it here's the story...

Each of these jacked up doors was made (in the 50's) to fit the jacked up doorframe. So...we traced each door to get the correct width and then held the door in place where it was level...then screwed in the hinges and used a sander to sand the top and sides whereever needed to make it shut...

Wahooo! I have raised panel doors:) I knew the lip would do it:)

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