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Tight drywall fit around the door - good or bad?

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01-26-15, 03:46 PM   #1  
Tight drywall fit around the door - good or bad?

Is have a tight drywall fit up to the door jambs a good thing or bad? I recall reading something long ago that for a rough opening you don't want the 2x4 studs to be too tight against the window or door framing because then you might have problems opening and closing. Is the same true of drywall? Since, drywall is a finished surface I am not sure if this applies.

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01-26-15, 04:05 PM   #2  
Drywall won't expand or contract like wood will, so it is fine. Your trim molding will cover it anyway, so making it tight is really unnecessary, but not catastrophic.

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01-26-15, 04:33 PM   #3  
If its tight against an exterior door it makes it impossible to insulate the door. If its already insulated then its no big deal.

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01-27-15, 04:05 AM   #4  
Normally the drywall is installed before the door and the drywall stops at the edge of the 2x but it shouldn't pose a problem if it's snug against the jamb. If the drywall is preventing the jamb from being nailed tightly to the stud [w/shims if needed] all you have to do is run a utility knife along the edge to trim off the excess drywall.

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