Interior door

Old 02-09-06, 02:40 PM
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Interior door

Just got home from work, looks like the trim guys have installed the interior doors by nailing up the trim to the door jambs while the door was on the ground,placing the door into the opening, then nailing the trim to the walls, NO SHIMS.

The wood floors were already installed, they put up these doors without trimming the jamb, looks like a 2" gap at the bottom.

Should I rip out the doors and fire these guys?
Old 02-09-06, 04:00 PM
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That's a common technique used by production trim carpenters. It certainly doesn't smack of a quality job, and its certainly not the way I'd do it- especially with a solid core door. If it's a hollow core door, it's not as big of a deal, but its still a bad idea, in my opinion.

I highly doubt that there is a 2" gap at the bottom of the door. It might be 1 3/8 at the most, depending on the manufacturer. If you'd like the doors closer to the floor for some reason and this was not discussed with them, you can't blame them for putting it in that way because they aren't mind readers... but they could have asked first. Of course if carpenters asked the homeowner about every decision that has to be made, they wouldn't get ANYTHING done. So bring it to their attention, tell them you're sorry that they didn't think of asking you about it, then ask them to remove the door and cut the jambs so as to make the gap more to your liking. If they balk at doing it, THEN you can fire them.

You can also mention your concern about the lack of shims. If they don't listen to you, slam the door as hard as you can and see what it does to their casing. Then tell them to imagine your kids doing that 1000 times until they are 18 yrs old and move out. If they balk at adding a few shims, THEN you can fire them.

You shouldn't have any problem finding a quality carpenter.

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