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Old 02-07-2009, 04:21 PM   #1
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Rough opening for door is 1/4" too small-what to do?


I ordered a pre-hung double door for my wife's closet thinking that the rough opening (there were old lauan sliders originally) would be large enough for a 48" door. It turns out that the width of the jamb on the pre-hung unit is 49 1/2" and the rough opening is 49 1/4". The door was a special order so it can't be returned. How can I get the extra 1/2" to 3/4" I need? I was thinking of pulling all of the nails out of the studs, setting my circular saw blade depth to about 3/8" and running as many cuts as I could perpendicular to the stud, taking a good sharp chisel to it, and then re-nailing. Any reason why that's not a good idea?

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I don't think you would have any issue with that solution.
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Maybe I'm not reading you right, but... if you're already going to take all the nais out of one of the "studs", I think you'll find that "stud" is actually a door jack, and can fairly easily be pulled right out of there if you cut it in half in the center.

Then just replace it with the thickness "stud" you desire. You may mess up the drywall down that edge a little, but you're going to be putting on new trim anyway to join up with the new pre-hung.
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If you remove 1/4 or 3/8" on both sides, it would leave room for shimming!
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If you remove 1/4 or 3/8" on both sides, it would leave room for shimming!

Both sides? I dont think so.
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Both sides? I dont think so.
Its better to take some off both sides, rather a lot off one side!
And allowance for shims is a given also!
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Both sides? I dont think so.
Yeah, let's make this as difficult as possible

2x is 1.5"
Take it out & put 3/4 stock in, plenty of room on both sides
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All right, Dave! You and I both have to knock off this common sense thinking.
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take the 2x4 cripples off on both sides of door opening , replace with 1x4's, works well gives some room to shim jamb, done it many times. hope that helps some.
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take a floor jack, turn it on it's side and just push the walls apart and shove the doors in and then glue them with great stuff foam and toss a few nails at it. -=chuckle=- don't forget to use Behr paint when you're done......

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Wait, lets make this as hard as possible
Tear the whole wall apart & reframe it
I dunno why people want to rip both sides apart
I like the floor jack idea

Hey, even better & easier
Countersink the nails down about 3/8"
Then take a chain saw & shave the 2x
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Mouse and Dave - - you guys had me howling - - - way too funny.

Badfish -- just replace the 2X with 1X and hang your door.
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Is the rough opening smaller than recommended or so small that the prehung door assembly won't fit?

I vote for shaving away just one side if the clearance is less than a half of an inch too small. Since I am not accurate with a plane I would use the idea of making numerous saw cuts and chiseling away the pieces.

While there is nothing wrong with a tight fit of the door jambs or prehung assembly, it is rare that a tight fit is exactly right in terms of plumbness and squareness.

For best results, shims should be used in pairs, one stuck in from each side.
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before you go pulling out 2X4s' is that a load bearing wall and is there a sizable header above there? If so, cut down the door, if not, then you can safely remove 1 2X4 and replace it with a 1X4.
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would it be feasable to remove the door from the casing and just mount to the 2x's and trim it off?

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