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Old 06-28-2008, 07:55 PM   #1
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My 15-yr old front door jamb is rooting at the base on each side. See photos where I'm using some Tyvek tape to try to slow down mother nature. The door is fine, but to change the jamb out I assume it would be best to go at it from the outside but there is all of this foam trim around the door which I assume I'll wreck trying to get it away from the jamb.
Also, see in the photos where the door threshold is embedded in the concrete of the step. I would have thought that the threshold should be above the concrete?
Any suggestions as to how to do this:
1. without losing all the foam pieces or should I just resign myself to wrecking it and having replacements on hand?
2. Should I try to chip away the concrete so the new threshold is not as level with it?
I hope photos went with this post; my first time.
Thanks in advance.
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Old 06-28-2008, 08:56 PM   #2
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I have done repairs like this where the builder sets the doors before the stucco or concrete is done. It is normal practice while I don't like it there it is. Anyway I find working from inside is an easier route. Remove the trim, cut the paint film at all joints that will be removed. You will probably be replacing the foam trim outside. Cut the jamb at a 45 (point down) up high enough to get solid wood and also a good pattern to make the replacements from. Fabricate an exact replacement and glue and screw it in place. Be sure to use a water proof glue, and prime and paint all parts except where there will be glue. Finish off with Bondo or epoxy, prime, paint and if done properly it will not be a noticeable repair and as strong as the original.
If you have to replace past the lower hinge and are not a good carpenter then replace the door or have someone do the work that can hang a door slab. Cutting a hinge is tricky for a DIY.
Your house wrap is probably making matters worse as it is trapping more moisture in there.

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Old 06-28-2008, 09:13 PM   #3
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So you think better to remove from inside; I'll give it a try. I found this replacement jamb (saw at HD or Lowe's; can't remember which) that looks like a good idea. Any use of it?
http://www.evermark-lnl.com/products.html#eframe

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I think you would be better served if you visit the construction or carpentry forum listed on the top of this page. This is an electrical forum.
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Old 06-29-2008, 06:18 PM   #5
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JV,
Sorry; just noticed wrong forum; I've moved it.
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