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Old 07-01-2011, 03:31 PM   #1
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well I put in a new door casing with a prehung door... got it perfectly plum, square, and had a 1/8" gap around the casing for the door even around all sides... nailed and shimmed it into place took the door off to finish it, stained the casing and sealed it with poly...

but then had a break before I could stain and poly the door... about 2 months.... since then its gotten much more humid out, and now when I rehung the door 1 of the hinges was out of alignment by a little bit, not a huge deal to fix, but the casing actually bowed out 1/4th of an inch where the lock set is at! the door wont even close... what could of caused this? I know humidity causes stuff to expand wood wise, but this much?

thankfully I haven't trimmed it yet, so I can cut out the nails and shims and redo that side...

any tips on fixing this before I get into it? or what did I do wrong? I followed the instructions that came with the door exactly, and watched a bunch of videos on the net on how to do it also which said similar things

edit: the only side that bowed out is the lock side, the hinge side is perfectly plumb still


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Can’t tell you what you did wrong, can’t see it. What did you use for nails?

Cut it loose and reset that side. Put the trim on this time, those nails help hold things together too.

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Can’t tell you what you did wrong, can’t see it. What did you use for nails?

Cut it loose and reset that side. Put the trim on this time, those nails help hold things together too.

on the hinge side its held on with 3" screws one per hinge in the middle screw hole top its done with 2" finishing nails and lock side same 2" finishing nails

screw side also has a couple finishing nails to secure it if the hinges are removed

everything was perfect until the door was removed and sat for 2 months of rising humidity we went from about 20-30% humidity to almost a month of 90-100% and still in the 80-90% range now

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I use 2 ” nails on doors.
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I use 2 nails on doors.

ugh sorry that is 2 1/2" just checked the box... its my trim that I was using 2" on... 2 1/2" was the largest my nailer would take for finishing nails as I recall when I went looking
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If it is the latch side that is bowed out you can take some 2" or 3" screws and use them in your strike plate to pull it back in. I have done that several times with jams that are bowed out.
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I'd use 3" nails and pick up a hammeThe frame is 1 1/4" and then how much space to the studs? It sounds like the fasteners weren't long enough to hold the fram in place. If that's the case, the frame will move over time as you open and close(slam) the door.
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did the framing move?
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did the framing move?

as far as I can tell it doesn't seem to, I checked plum on all the walls around it and it's still where it was, only thing that bowed out was where the lockset was almost like a compressive force from below or above it pushed on it and it bowed

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