Prehung door install over uneven surfaces

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Old 04-22-08, 05:24 AM
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Prehung door install over uneven surfaces

I need to install a prehung solid interior door between 2 rooms that have floors of slightly different heights. The high side is tile, the low side is a hardwood threshold with a rounded profile, glued in place.

Exactly how do I install the door over these 2 surfaces and make it look like a pro did it, meaning virtually no gaps? OK, I'll accept a sixteeth gap if I have to. Is it simply scribing and trimming the bottom of the jambs to the 2 floors' profiles? If so, any tips for a rookie would be appreciated. Thanks.
 
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A pro would approach the problem differently than hacking up the door. A pro would determine the method for making an interior threshold that spans both floors on a singular level. The pro would then cut the bottom of the door to match the threshold.
 
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Cut out the door jambs to match the existing flooring. Simple, quick, and you'll be satisfied with the results... If you're happy with a 1/16th gap - you're more particular than most "pros"......
 
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2000,

So...assuming the threshold isn't going anywhere (a fact for several reasons), it sounds like you're pretty much seconding my approach?

BTW, I do take slight offense to referring to "scribing and trimming the bottom of the jambs" as "hacking up the door," but that's OK.
 
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Thanks for being forgiving, but I'm not condoning that approach. Cut the tile, and the threshold (maybe the flooring) to receive the side jambs (extended jambs may be required). Span the entire opening on a singular level, between the jambs, with a single piece of material. Adapt it to fit both the wood threshold (or floor) and the tile. Undercut the door leaf as needed.

Our standards differ.
 
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Agreed, although I'd say our preferences differ rather than our standards. I have many, many contractors who would verify that my standards are higher than theirs! When it comes to doorway transitions with different surfaces on each side, I prefer to not see the other surface protrude past the vertical plane of the door while in the other room. So if I'm in a tiled bathroom, I prefer not to see the hardwood surface extend an inch or under the door and be visible from the bath, that's all.
 
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