How to Square Door?

Hi,
We had some settling and one of our interior door frames is out of square so the door will not close.
You can see from the images that there was so much movement that the sheetrock cracked:
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Any suggestions on fixing the crack and squaring the door frame?
Regards
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On Sun, 11 Jan 2004 10:57:03 -0500, "Lex"

That's a pretty bad crack.
Did this happen gradually over years, or relatively suddenly? One side of the door frame is sagging compared to the other. This usually means the floor structure under the door frame is sagging. There are lots of possible reasons for it, some innocuous, others indicating a serious structural problem. If it happened suddenly, it is more likely to be serious.
First step is to determine (call a pro if necessary) whether there is a structural problem. If there is, proper fix will depend on the exact cause.
If not, and it's due to normal settling, you can patch the crack and plane the door and it will be ok for a while.
HTH,
Paul
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Happened over time - it has not gotten any worse in the last year.
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<< You can see from the images that there was so much movement that the sheetrock cracked: >>
Better get some help soon on the settling problem. You need to determine whether the settling has stopped or is likely to continue. If it can be mitigated or corrected, then is the time to address the door out of square problem. Not getting at the root of the problem will leave you to deal with it repeatedly for years to come. Check with neighbors to see if similar homes by the same builder have settling difficulties. You may wind up hiring a structural engineer or (shudder) lawyer, but no one should have to accept substandard work in their home. Good luck.
Joe
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Thanx all for your replies.
Our house is the only one on the street built by this builder so checking with others would not help.
The house is 5 years old - would the builder still be responsible for making the fix on his own dime if this were a structural problem?
Any idea what a structural engineer would do to determine if this is a major problem?
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Whats under the floor, basement, another floor, crawl space. You need to consider jacking it up, even though it has stopped settling. If you can't get to it to jack it up (probably about 1/4 inch to close the crack, go ahead and tape and mud the crack and then apply ?paper? over it. You don't need to square the door just caulk and trim the door. Fill the open joint with caulk or if you prefer a wood filler and paint. Note where the door binds, remove the door, and plane it (or use a belt sander), and check before removing too much, and repaint that area of the door edge.
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