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Old 03-17-2008, 06:43 PM   #1
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New construction: I installed pre-hung doors a few months ago, since then I removed all doors and hinges to paint (and got mix-matched, probaly a mistake). Now after re-installing hinges and doors, some of the doors are a little close on the frame (1/16" reveal). HVAC is not installed yet. My question is: when I install HVAC and live in house, are these doors more likely to rub frame or should reveal get larger? I live in South Carolina. Thanks


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Old 03-17-2008, 07:15 PM   #2
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I think you got what you got and it will not change. I would make sure all the hinge plates are seated well in the doors and frames, then if that does not work I would get the belt sander out and carefully take them down or keep trading doors until you find as many good fits as you can. I did the same thing years ago, always pull the pins and number the doors so they go back in the same doorway.

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I don't quite understand.

Are you saying that the doors close snuggly? Too tight into their openings?

Or...are you saying that the doors do not recess fully into their jamb frames?
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The other aspect of this is the most obvious question. That is why I almost hesitate, rather than sound egregious.

Please don't take this the wrong way: But, did you consider that the paint layers would add to the thickness of the door slab, and thus, increase the door width and height...and thus, create a tighter fit, or "seating", of the door slab into the door frame?

Also, what about the hinge mortises....after removing the hinges, did you paint those as well? These too, would offset (due to paint thickness) the doors and shift them closer towards the door frames.

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Old 03-17-2008, 08:42 PM   #5
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I trimmed the paint where the hinges sit flush into the cut-outs. I guess the paint adds some, minimal. The doors open and close now (barely) but my concern is how will they fit when the house dries out more or whatever happens with a warmer temp. from hvac. thanks
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May still have trouble in the future. i worked for a GC who would fire a sub for removing doors because of the same reason.
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Cold = compression
Hot = expansion

So to answer the question,Yes your doors will rub when you add heat to your home IMO.1/6 reveal isnt a lot to work with................Good Luck
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good rule of thumb for margins on doors is the thickness of a dime for the hinge and striker plate jambs and the thickness of a nickel for the top margin.


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where you are the doors might get REALLY tight in the summer months as the humidity increases. if they are tight now, you are going to have real problems in July!!!

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