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How do I "adjust" pre-hung, split jamb door to shut properly?

How do I "adjust" pre-hung, split jamb door to shut properly?

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Old 11-14-16, 09:18 AM
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How do I "adjust" pre-hung, split jamb door to shut properly?

So I did my first door intall last night. I bought a pre-hung, split jamb door thinking it would be easier. I cant seem to get the top left (from inside/hinge side of door) to close fully against the stop. Just above midway down, or right above the handle and all the way to the bottom, the door sits flush against the stop, but the top pertrudes into the room. I checked for plumb with a 6' level and everything seems ok - what am I missing?

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Old 11-14-16, 10:26 AM
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Your two jambs are not in the same plane. Stretch two strings across the frame, one from upper left to lower right, one from upper right to lower left. They should *just* touch in the center. If they don't, you have to adjust the position of the frame in the opening until they do, while maintaining the jambs plumb. This may mean (probably will) that some part of the frame will not be flush with the wall. Usually it's only a little and can be dealt with when the trim is installed.
 
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Old 11-14-16, 12:57 PM
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.... and some discrepancies where the trim hits the wall can be filled in and more/less made to disappear with caulking.
 
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Old 11-14-16, 01:38 PM
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thank you - I didn't think 'plane", was only concerned with plum.
 
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