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Old 10-22-2010, 05:02 AM   #1
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I have an interior passageway that was originally framed (with header and king and jack studs) to fit 5 foot wide french doors that were never installed. Now I want to reduce the framing to fit a 4 foot wide pair of doors instead. Is it enough support to put only one stud on each side of the new pre-hung doors? (This is what I have already done) I just read that to properly support the doors I need two studs nailed together on each side. Will one stud on each side support the door frame?

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Old 10-22-2010, 06:43 AM   #2
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Adding another 2x4 to each side would at most cost you an additional $8 at Home Depot. It will make the support of the door a lot more solid.

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A single stud may twist or sag---My guess is you already drywalled that?

Fix it or take a chance--Your call----Mike---
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Thank you both so much for your quick answers. No, I didn't drywall yet, just being lazy, I guess I better do it. Ugh!
Another question.....do I shim behind hinges or under? What size screws to attach jamb to studs? (I'm terrible at nailing).
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I usually place the shims just above or below the hinges so that the shim can be nailed through the jamb.

I've never screwed a jamb--always nailed---If you pre drill a hole for the nail you will find the nailing job easier---

You can use old Jims trick of using a nail as a drill bit--Just nip off the head with a pair of cutters.

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