I am attempting to put a new pre-hung back door in a 100+ yr old house
that is not plumb, level, square, or anything else that would make
remodeling easy... yesterday we set a new back door into the old rough
opening. it fits pretty tightly on one bottom corner because the
framing on the sides is like this: \\ / on the outside, the j-channel
of the siding follows the same funny-shaped opening, and there is a
couple inches of underlayment exposed for the brickmold to sit against.
after we levelled and plumbed everything, we noticed that the door was
not closed properly (large gap between weatherstripping and door on top
of latch side jamb); in order to un-twist we had to kick the bottom
corner on the latch side out away from the house by about an inch.
over a couple feet (going up) the gap narrows until the brickmold is
against the house again.
has anyone encountered this problem, and if so, what did you do about
it? should i live with it and try to fill the gap between the
brickmold and the house? or should i (groan) trim back the framing
around the rest of the opening so i can push the whole unit in? thanks
in advance for your advice!