Rotted Door Frame

Old 07-28-05, 07:18 PM
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Rotted Door Frame


I have a rotted door frame (about 12 inches of the frame from the ground up on 1 side). The door is fine. Can I buy a new frame for the existing door? Do I need to buy a new pre hung door or should I just cut out the rot and fabricate some pieces to replace the cut out section?

Old 07-28-05, 07:48 PM
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The bottom 12 inches is usually what rots because of water and the splash back up. Yes if your desperate, ive seen people cut out and replace the rotton wood.If its the brickmold, its real easy, just buy a new stick ($9) and be done with it, just make sure to paint and caulk.If you have an old wooden door and weather stripping, prehung is the way to go.In my door business, i really wont cut out and replace, not worth the time really.I love prehung units.I install mostly for Lowes and we cant do that anyway, but through my business i could, just dont want to.I personally havent ever cut out and replaced a roton jamb, but if i had to i could.I basic no window prehung steel unit is $100, everything new, cant beat that!
Old 07-29-05, 07:40 AM
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I have the same problem on 2 doors. I found a pretty good solution at
If you have more time than money, and you have the necessary skills and tools to back that time up, it looks like a good way to go.

Also, make sure you check the material under the threshold as well. Both of my problem doors had rot there in addition to the vertical framing and the exterior molding.
Old 07-29-05, 01:25 PM
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Thumbs up Thank you!

Excellent! Thanks guys both solutions are viable. I think I'll try the Hammerzone one. I hate to rip it all out & pay for a new door even though they aren't that expensive. I think I would enjoy doing it as I've recently replaced a bunch of rotted windows but the door itself is in great shape and has a nice window with a colonial grid design and is painted the right color. Again thanks for the help. This is a great site for the Novice DIYer. Hopefully some day I can pay it forward...

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