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02-04-14, 04:12 PM   #1  
Advice needed: Front door kicked in

The front door of my daughter's townhouse, built around 2000, was kicked in. The jamb was damaged and split quite a bit. Since it's a prehung door(I assume) does the entire unit have to be replaced, or can the jamb be repaired/replaced somehow? Thanks.

 
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02-04-14, 04:19 PM   #2  
Depends on how handy one is and the amount of damage was done. Send some pics. Installing a new prehung is not that hard. If you can do one then you can do the other.

 
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02-04-14, 05:18 PM   #3  
On my rental houses I generally rebuild the jamb and trim but a lot will depend on the tools you have available. The molding around the edge is pretty easy to replace and can be bought from most home centers. The jamb I rip down out of whatever lumber best fits which requires more tools... So, if you are tool limited a new pre-hung door is the easiest and does not require a lot of power tools.

Now, are you considering reinforcing the door? Maybe a larger strike plate attached with long screws into the house's framing. It won't stop someone determined but it will buy a few seconds time.

 
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02-04-14, 07:23 PM   #4  
Thanks guys. I don't know how to post a pic.

 
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02-04-14, 07:28 PM   #5  
How to post a pic

Use a program called photobucket


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02-05-14, 03:34 AM   #6  
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02-06-14, 08:32 AM   #7  
Where can I buy a strike plate that's designed for both locks(deadbolt AND door knob)? Thanks.

 
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02-06-14, 09:02 AM   #8  
I always make them. There is no set standard distance between the door knob and deadbolt so I have to make them to match each house/door.

 
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02-06-14, 09:17 AM   #9  
OK. I assumed on a prehung door the distances between deadbolt and knob are standard.

 
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02-06-14, 09:19 AM   #10  
If it's a modern prehung door the holes are an industry standard distance. Home centers and hardware stores will have a security strike that should work. There is also a product that goes full length on the jamb that some of our lock Pros recommend...can't think of the name right now. Super Strike maybe?


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02-06-14, 10:00 AM   #11  
I have a bldg down by the road that had been broken into multiple times What I did was take a piece of angle iron, cut holes in the appropriate spots and used a utility knife and chisel to remove what was needed to make it fit the jamb. Obviously if you can find a store bought piece that will fit - it would be more convenient.


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