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Stain and seal entire jamb prior to installation?

Old 04-12-08, 12:26 PM
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Stain and seal entire jamb prior to installation?

I am in the process of installing the jambs for some pocket doors I installed in my basement. I plan on staining the jambs and casing.

My plan was to use a clear stain, then sealing with polyurathane. In addition to staining/sealing the part of the jamb that will be visible, should I also be staining/sealing the back of the jamb? I wasn't sure if that would be necessary to minimize expansion and shrinkage with changes in humidity.

Old 04-12-08, 01:02 PM
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Normally there isn't a lot of benifit to sealing the back side of trim but being in the basement it might not be a bad idea... although the bottom edge and up a few inches should be plenty. The stain won't do much to seal the wood but a coat of poly will.

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