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javan 08-08-2008 07:29 AM

UGH! A lesson for new Pre-Hung Doors
We are renovating our house and I am almost complete. Just finishing up the trim, molding and some door replacements. We opted for prehung-pre-primed mdf doors from lowes. Replaced 9 doors in all. there were some doors that we wanted to be solid core, some hollow. During the installation, I messed up and put a solid where a hollow should have gone and a hollow where a solid should have gone. the doors were installed, trimed out, etc.

Solution: Seemed easy enough. Just take doors off hinges and swap. Doors are same size, same swing etc. Easy as pie right? Doors are 28" LH.

Problem: 28" doors? But when you put a tape across each door, one measures 27-7/8" and the other 27-1/2" 'Oy! One fits easy, one will not fit. To add insult to injury, the hinges were not in the same location either, so it involves more chiseling the hinges into place. REgarding the width issue, on one door, I have to remove the trim and try and push the jamb out to fit. Additionally, with the different locations of the hinges, the stops do not work for one door, so these need to be removed and reinstalled.

Lesson: Be sure the right door is in the correct location!

joed 08-08-2008 07:40 AM

I would have just removed the entire door and jam or just left it.

javan 08-08-2008 07:59 AM

Hindsite is always 20/20

I had thought of that, but it would have involved removing the trim from both doors, one of which, the trim was already finished (nail holes filled sanded painted, etc.). I knew the doors would not be identical, but I did not think they would that far off...

LIve and learn.

Oh, regarding just leaving it? That was my thought, but my S.O. wanted a solid core door to the bathroom.

joed 08-08-2008 10:52 AM

As soon as the hinges didn't line up I would have went for another option. I might have even bought an unhung door to replace the one that wanted to be solid core.

javan 08-08-2008 12:18 PM

I had thought of that last night, but the time and money to drive to the store and back (60 minutes) to get the door would prohibit that idea. I am seriously trying to oreduce the amount of unnecessary travel these days.

ccarlisle 08-08-2008 03:08 PM

Make a small hole and fill them with PU foam from a can...:shifty:

javan 08-08-2008 07:47 PM

All done! Took me about an hour to strip the trim, push out the jam and reinstall the trim. Door works great now!

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