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kredman 06-15-2010 08:24 AM

Remove door jamb or just the door stop?
We have 2 doorways in the living room that go to the kitchen and a hallway. Originally when the house was built, there were doors there, but they were removed by the previous owners and there are some unsightly jambs there right now.

I'm in the process of retrimming the base and door casings in the house, and would like to get opinions on what to do with these.

One option is to leave the jambs, remove the door stops, patch the woodwork and re-case on both sides.

The other would be to remove the jamb all-together and make it a simple drywall opening with no casing.

The room is relatively small- 18' x 12' - and also has the front door, closet, and door to the garage, so I am wondering if I case them, would there be too much trim in that room.

Just looking for advice or opinions- thanks!

oh'mike 06-15-2010 02:37 PM

Here is an option that I would use---Rip out the old jambs and replace them with nice new ones--
then add your casings.--Mike---

firehawkmph 06-15-2010 06:11 PM

I was thinking what Oh Mike said while reading your post. I like a cased opening. I don't like drywalled openings, just personal opinion. As long as you are ripping everything out, it would be easier to install new jambs, plus probably look a lot nicer.
Mike Hawkins:)

kredman 06-15-2010 07:44 PM

Thanks for that, that's exactly what I started doing tonight. I ripped out the door jambs and will install cased openings after we paint.

I kind of chuckled once I noticed that both jambs were held with 8 nails each. They came out nice and easy :)

kredman 06-22-2010 09:52 AM

Another related question-

There is one doorway that is just a drywall opening, and I'd like to case it to somewhat match the other openings. Would I be better off to remove the corner bead and drywall and insert a jamb or just case around the opening and paint the inside white?

slickgt1 06-22-2010 02:46 PM

UP to you. I would just case them since there is no door there anyway. Thanks.

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