This is my first post on the forum - I've found some great information already.
My spouse and I just bought a 60 year old house with a basement door that needs some lovin'. I examined it last night and have read all about framing doors to hanging slab doors to door jambs to door casing. However, I'm a bit stuck when it comes to how to protect the door from the basement wall/foundation. Pls see the attached diagram.
My situation is almost like the one posted here:
Framing a Doorway in the Basement
However, the framing around the door doesn't go all the way to the floor. The concrete wall is about 2 1/2 - 3' high, then there is a king stud and a cripple stud on both sides of the door. There is no stud along the top. There is no seal on the bottom (just door on concrete).
The door jamb isn't level (but the door is square) and the door is as old as the house and some fly fisherman used to staple his flies to the door...
We need to level out the jamb. We need to take down the door and either sand it down or replace it with another. However, there's a window in the door which is level with "the world" but is not level with the door. If we level the jamb, the door will be level, but the window will be crooked.
Our door opening is only about 75" from header to concrete. I get that I can order a door or buy one and cut it down, or fix up the one I have by taking out the window, leveling the opening, putting in another window, putting the door back in.
The basement is unfinished with the north side having 8' high concrete walls and the south side having 3' high concrete walls. We eventually will finish it with drywall, which I assume means we need to frame the interior (since we can't hang drywall on concrete...)
My question, which I can't figure out anywhere: I shouldn't put wood against concrete, what do I do to keep the wood from rotting against the concrete walls? (I have figured out the floor, but not the walls.)
I guess if I eventually plan to frame the whole basement, I can put the door into the new framing, which would take care of the wood on concrete problem...
I hope I'm not asking too much... If you want to answer with links instead of explanation, that'd be fine!
Thanks for your time.