New front door problem


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Old 10-02-08, 04:40 PM
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New front door problem

My wife wanted a new front door and being the wanna-be "handyman" that I am I decided to do it myself. I shimmed it, made sure that it was level, and the top and sides are all spot on (or so it seems to me) the problem is the bottom has a small gap in it. is there a fix for this or do I need to take the whole door out and start from scratch.

P.S. I didn't notice the bottom until after I screwed in the frame. Like I said wanna-be handyman... Thanks for lookin
 
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Old 10-02-08, 04:55 PM
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Exactly, where is the gap, between the bottom of the door and the saddle? Is the gap even from side to side?
 
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Old 10-02-08, 06:45 PM
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The gap is between the door and the saddle it looks to be slightly wider on one side.
 
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Old 10-02-08, 08:38 PM
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I'm guessing this is a prehung unit? Most of them have adjustable thresholds where you can turn the 4 screws spaced across the threshold in order to raise and lower it. (some are hidden beneath a plug or cap) Perhaps you just need to do that.

If the reveals around the door all look even- especially across the top of the door and down the latch side, then you probably do have everything plumb and level. But if the gap across the top of the door is not perfectly straight, then you should look at whether it is the head and sill that are out of level, or if it is the hinge side that needs to be plumbed up first. Sometimes it can be a little of both. A 78" level placed across all 3 hinges at the same time will give you an accurate reading of whether the door is truly plumb or not. There's too much margin for error when you use a 48" level to check for plumb on a door jamb.

If you don't have an adjustable threshold, then I'd guess the problem lies with an out of level subsill, and that the door needs appropriate shims underneath it to level it out.
 
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Old 10-02-08, 09:29 PM
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Well it looks like its adjustable. Thank you. I'm sure you'll hear from me next month when she has me do soething else!
 
 

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