Well, we hired a carpenter to install several interior pine doors...and
he really botched it. The doors are hung visibly crooked :( Is there
a way to remove the jams without destroying them...so we can re-hang it
Thanks in advance for any advice!
Very slowly, using putty knives. Use thin, flexible ones to break through
paint (if any) and slide under the wood. Use thick, rigid ones to slide
under a pry gently. Leave the skinny ones in place to protect the wood from
the thicker tool. As you establish gaps, slide in pieces of thin dowel.
Continue with a thin pry tool, available at any decent hardware store. Plan
on doing a little spackle work. A few dents in the wood are inevitable.
Have your favorite scotch available, and keep children away, in case you
invent new obscenities.
Thin, wide-bladed pry bars. Use a pin punch to set as many finish
nails as possible. Pull all finish nails through the board toward
the back side.
Here some handy tool types:
wide bladed pry bar:
for pushing finish nails through:
for easing trim off:
for pulling nails out the back:
A live Singing Valentine quartet,
Why aren't you making the carpenter fix it?
If he destroys the trim, it's his responsibilty. Take pictures before
he touches them again, and remind him (politely) of the power of those
pictures in small claims court.
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