Old 11-21-04, 07:35 AM
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The duplex I own has settled some over the years causing "phantom doors". In the process of repainting I also decided to redo the trim, and the door frame is open to me. Is it okay to try to level out the door frame? What is the best way of going about this?
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Old 11-21-04, 04:45 PM
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By "phantom doors" I'm assuming that you mean door that will swing open or closed by themselves. Plumbing the door jambs will cure the problem, but you will be creating other problems doing that -- the door casings will follow the lean of the walls, leaving you gaps between the casing and the jamb, or between the casing and the wall. Minor gaps can be "fixed" with painter's caulk, and nobody will be any the wiser. Just be aware that the 'settling' has knocked the WALLS out of plumb, and the door jambs followed.

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