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Old 09-20-2011, 04:54 AM   #1
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4 5/16" door jamb width


My house was built using 3/8" drywall, both inside and as sheathing. The rough opening appears to be able to accommodate a standard pre-hung door, which I've already purchased on sale. The problem is that standard jamb widths are 4 9/16". The door jamb will have roughly a 1/4" to 5/16" overhang once installed into the rough opening.

I've thought about it a lot. The best solution I can think of is to remove the brick molding from the pre-hung unit and route a recess on the backside, and then reinstall it so it not only covers up the overhang, but also sits flush against the house.

Also, since it's only the brick molding I'll be modifying, I'll get out relatively cheap if I screw it up. I can buy more brick molding.

What do you think? Does anyone else have any ideas or experience with this?

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Old 09-20-2011, 07:12 AM   #2
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Your Idea should work well---you have to be creative sometimes.

This will make adding a screen door difficult,however, so adding a 'trim extender ' might be better.
a strip if 1/4" stock glued or pinned to the back outside edge might be better---

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Thanks! I thought about that as well. I don't know if they make 1/4" trim extender as such. I would, however like to stay away from soft wood. This particular door is in the kitchen leading to the covered patio in the back.
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Remove the door from the jamb and run the jamb carefully through a table saw.
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How about you just go to a real lumber yard and order the right jamb size to start with. Probably cost you less at a lumber yard than a box store anyway.
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How about you just go to a real lumber yard and order the right jamb size to start with. Probably cost you less at a lumber yard than a box store anyway.
Oh really? Wow. I didn't know that custom made pre-hung doors were so cost effective. I paid $128 for this door at Lowe's. I'd rather make minor modifications than spend well over $300 on a custom door for a 1/4" difference.

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Remove the door from the jamb and run the jamb carefully through a table saw.
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