Interior Door trim casing help

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Old 08-28-10, 11:51 AM
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Interior Door trim casing help

I'm getting new interior doors (slabs not pre-hung) and I would like to replace the door trim to complete the updated look. Can the old trim just be removed and replaced? If so, how do you remove the old trim? All the info I've looked at only tells me how to install the new trim but I can't go to that step until I figure out how to remove the old.

Any advise would really be appreciated!

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Old 08-28-10, 12:32 PM
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The casing is nailed to the jamb and to the rough opening studs with finishing nails. To get it off without damaging the jamb and the wall score around the outside edge of the casing with a utility knife between the casing and the wall. this will break up any paint buildup that might damage the wall.

Slide a joint compound or a putty knife between the casing and the wall and use it to pry against with a handy bar or something similar. The putty knife will keep the pry tool from damaging the wall.
 
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Unless it's a split jamb, then you can buy new jambs also. Project Guide: Installing a Split-Jamb Interior Door

Gary
 
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Thanks for the advice, I really appreciate it!!!
 
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I would add that sometimes it's more effective to drive the nails thru the casing than trying to pull the nails and casing.... whichever works best
 
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Jambs

While the casings are off, check the jambs for straight and plumb. Shim and nail if necessary. Sometimes original construction lacks enough nails and shims to make the jambs solid.
 
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