exterior door in old house

Old 07-01-05, 10:56 AM
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exterior door in old house

I'm hoping that someone can give advice. I'm trying to put a new pre-hung exterior door into an old house. The Jamb of the old door is about 2" think and is at least 1.5" away from the closest stud on the sides. (I can't see the top of the door as there was a window up there that has been boarded over and I was just going to leave it as is.) Is there a possiblity that the jamb is strutural support for the house i.e. very bad to cut?
Old 07-01-05, 03:36 PM
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I have replaced 80 year old doors. I have been lucky. I grab the existing studs and twist and push on them by hand. So far, they all have moved (slightly) easily. This is a clue that the stud is not bearing any weight. This is not a reliable method, but something to consider.
Old 07-01-05, 03:45 PM
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When I went back and finished cutting off the brickmold, sure enough the jam started moving enough that if it was holding up the house I would be in trouble anyway. Thanks, I think that it's a reliable enough method!

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