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Old 06-23-2011, 10:15 AM   #1
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I am finishing my basement and will be installing pre-hung solid core doors. I was wondering what was better to fasten with....screws or nails?

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Old 06-23-2011, 10:44 AM   #2
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If you're talking about securing the frame in the opening, use screws for sure.

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If you're talking about securing the frame in the opening, use screws for sure.

Yes that is what I was talking about. Thanks.
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Old 06-23-2011, 11:41 AM   #4
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Nails---Screws aren't necessary and look like the dickens.

Replace one of the top hinge screws with a 2 1/2" screw to transfer the door weight to the studs.

Use proper shims to keep the revel even between the door and the jamb---if the floor is not level cutting one jamb side will be needed.---Mike---
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Old 06-23-2011, 06:45 PM   #5
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O'mike is right, but I should have mentioned that I prefer to use something like a GRK trim head screw for securing jambs (not a big gold phillips screw)- the heads are almost as small as a finish nail, but being a screw, allows you to adjust the jamb by turning in or out slightly and snug up the jamb to the shims. Just my personal preference- there are a lot of ways to do it. I like my door jambs to be as rigid as possible so everything doesn't shake when you close the door.

Definitely replace a top hinge screw with a longer one to take the weight of the hanging door.
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i use nails. The doors I get comes with 3" screws to replace a few of the hinge screws with like Mike mentioned. Keep in mind, do not drive your nails all the way in until you are completely satisfied with the door's install. This way you can still take them out to make any adjustments.
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Thanks everyone for the info. Will do!
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What about duct tape?

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I'm finishing my basement as well and was just looking at solid core pre-hung doors. Getting ready to frame it out soon.
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What about duct tape?
Wow, I canít believe no one mentioned that.
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Wow, I canít believe no one mentioned that.
I know, duct tape has come a long way since I was a kid.

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