Have a question. Have a bungalo built back in about 67. doors are
the hollow core type, and i'm replacing with solid clear pine.
problem is, one door which i thought was warped, is not warped, but
rather the strike plate side of the door case is out about 1/4" in
4' (checked with my 4' level).
Any thoughts on how to compensate this, as the new pine doors won't
have the bit of flex the hollow core do in order to latch the door..
from the inswing side, the bottom of the wall is in about 3/4-1/2"
Or fix it the right way by de-installing the old prehung door back to
the rough opening, fix the wall as needed, and rehang the door and frame
properly with enough shims and screws/nails. If it is a split-jamb
prehung (very popular back in the day), odds are the halves of the jamb
have just pulled apart.
Other than the other suggestion to simply mount the catch where it would
have to be, you have to make adjustments to get the hinge mounts
coplanar w/ the closing side or adjust the jamb stop on the closing side
to be coplanar w/ the hinges.
If, when mounted, the door swings normally and doesn't either close or
open on its own, best bet is to remove the stop and either remount it as
needed to the door.
Of course, ideally one would remount the full jamb to get it coplanar
and adjust the width to compensate or the wall, but that's more effort.
I'm assuming from the age the door casing/frames are built up of stock
not prehung units. If they are prehung, your choices are more limited
since the jamb is probably not re-positionable. At that point I'd look
at rehanging the door and compensate as needed.
Had a similar problem with a bathroom door and discovered that the jamb was
not plumb, being out about 1/4". I cut two tapered pieces of wood and glued
them to the jamb after the casing was removed. With a bit of sanding and
Bondo filler, I got the edge straight and plumb and filled in the hinge
mortise that was out of position, recut the hinge mortises then installed
the door. After adjusting the strike and reinstalling the stops and casing,
the door works perfectly. I did also add some drywall compound to build it
up around the area that had wood added as I was also painting the room.
With your door out up to 3/4", you may want to strip off 3 to 3 feet of
drywall and shim the wall plumb on the hinge side and then make adjustments
to the jamb to level the door.
Here is how I would do it, but that doesn't mean you have to...........
Take the casing off the door. Saw through the nails holding the shims and
door into the jamb. Plumb door, and reinstall shims and retaining nails.
You can even leave it a tiny bit out of plumb for aesthetics if the reveal
is going to be too great at any point. Set the reveal where the thinnest
part is to the top of the door, and you may even get a self closing door out
of the arrangement. Furr out the door on all sides to make the casing look
as good as possible. It will still always be a little out of kilter, but
1/4" you can live with. At least the door will swing and close properly.
Like I said, that's what I'd do. Your mileage may vary.
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Do a lot of checking. I assume you will find that the walls on
each side of the door are not coplanar and that the wall itself is
slightly out of plumb. Each side of the jamb may be out of plumb
in opposite directions. I assume that your casing fits the
drywall reasonably well.
Lay a scrap of 2x4 on the floor against the base mold. Swat
firmly with a heavy sledge hammer to move the bottom of the wall
slightly. Hit the other side the opposite direction. Make sure
you remove any pictures hanging on the walls before you begin.
You may find a very few firm blows will make the jamb line up.
You can do some very minor, non-destructive adjusting of the
casing the same way. I would sure take this approach before some
of the others indicated. You can always rip out and reinstall if
my suggestion doesn't work.
I've been a carpenter for over 50 years. Don't tear stuff up
until you have to.
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