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        I have an opening of 38" wide and 83" high. The door is 36x80 but the true dimensions are 37 x 81.5. Should I shim the bottom of the jamb at the floor to get it closer to the header or leave it on the floor and just fill in the 1.5" gap at the top with shims? The floor is concrete but will be carpeted.

        Also, can I remove the door, install the jamb and square it up then reinstall the door and make any necessary minor adjustments?
         
        Posts: 168 | Registered: Dec 11, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Shim at the top. Allow the jamb to rest on a solid surface. Leave the door in the jamb. It is better to be able to see the same reveal along the edges and top . Plumb the jamb side first. Then elevate the knob side to get it plumb showing the same reveal at the top.
         
        Posts: 1785 | Location: Applachain | Registered: Feb 27, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Sounds good, thanks.
         
        Posts: 168 | Registered: Dec 11, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        If you don't have your finished floor in yet raise the jamb to allow the finished floor to slide underneath the jamb and any attached trim.

        Red said to plumb the jamb side, what he meant was the hinge side, the whole thing is the jamb. Definitely leave the door in the prehung jamb it is so much easier to keep it square with the door in the jamb.


        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 890 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Yeah Sparky that must have been one of those "Senior" moments in thought. But I did say to "Then elevate the knob side to get it plumb showing the same reveal at the top". Hopefully the OP was able to figure it out. LOL
         
        Posts: 1785 | Location: Applachain | Registered: Feb 27, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        I remove the door, set the hinge side, then put the door back on to set the other jamb. I just find it easier to set the hinge side with no door in the way. And I use levels and/or straight edge to verify a good installation. But whatever works for you.
        And I also, set them up a little for flooring to go under.


        They make it look so easy on tv, don't they
         
        Posts: 993 | Location: No. California | Registered: Mar 24, 2004Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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        Good point Re-mdlr, You do need to get the door out of the way to set the screws on the hinge side.


        General Disclaimer

        Any advice given here is general in nature and is not necessarily valid for your given area. If in doubt check with your local codes enforcement department for what is required when doing electrical, plumbing or structural work on your house. Permits may or may not be required in your area and home owners may not be able to DIY some tasks. I have no way of knowing if you have the skills needed to complete the tasks you are asking about, when in doubt seek professional assistance.

        My advice may be worth exactly what you pay me for it. :-) For the record I did not stay in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
         
        Posts: 890 | Location: Cary, NC | Registered: Aug 17, 2006Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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