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Old 06-18-2010, 05:52 PM   #1
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Re-Framing an Entry Doorway


Newbie here and in constant repair of my 1st house(my money pit). I'm enjoying the work, but don't know much. Lots of water damage has me making lots of structural repairs.

I need to reframe the entry door. Should I frame it on the ground and raise into place or frame it standing up? Don't mean to sound stupid, but I want to make sure I'm doing this the smartest way.

Also, what is the easiest way to make sure it comes out square? Since the floor may not be level after years of settling, the new framing might be more difficult to square?

Thanks for your help!
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A little confused: Are you replacing the door and its frame or reframing the opening that the door unit is placed within? If the first, buy a prehung door and there is no framing to build. If the second, I guess it depends on how much of the stud wall you are replacing. If only a few studs, I'd do it in place using a level and cut each stud to fit as there may be variation with the house structure over the years.
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Thanks for the response bob. I'm reframing the rough opening - header and all.

Reason why I'm asking the questions is because my friend came over to help and he ended up taking control and doing the framing. Guess I'm slow. But he never put a level up to the wood when installing the studs. Also, after measuring for new jack studs, he came up short on the cut by a inch. To fix, he just slapped a small piece on the top of the jacks to make up the difference. Not that I'm experienced, but I am a bit anal. So I wouldn't rig something like that. Want the help, but just want it done right.
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