Door and Window Spacing

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Old 04-27-05, 09:45 PM
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Door and Window Spacing

Myself and a freind are building a room approx 20x15...The room will have 1 door a window and a cut out for an air conditioner.

Once we find out the size of the door and window, how much of a gap should there be around each? Once I find the width of the door, do I add 6in. and 1 inch at the top? Neither the door or the window will have any weight bearings above it.
 
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Old 04-28-05, 01:33 AM
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hi
usally i leave 1 in from top and side for spacing

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As I use pairs of opposing cedar shingle (shake) bits as shims, tapped against each other, my rough opening on any edge adds two shims at half their thickness; about 1/2". These shims can fill a gap 1/4" to about 3/4" though, and I'll add a strip of old linoleum or cardboard to fix the edge of twisted studs.

So it really depends on what you'd like to use for shims.
 
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Old 04-28-05, 09:34 PM
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Well, we started the room and currently have 2 walls up! The door that we are using measures out at 32in. wide and 80in. tall so we made the width 34in. and the height 81in. which I think will work out ok..

Tomorrow, we have a window that we have to frame in when we build the front wall, which will be centered in the wall. Not sure what the size of window is yet but hopefully all goes well
 
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Old 04-29-05, 01:27 AM
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check the window company what are the standard size window are available.
some time the opening is to small or to big.
If special size is order, cost more

check first

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Old 04-29-05, 01:28 AM
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81 sounds too short to me. are you measuring the door itself? Or the door plus it's jamb? The RO for a 32" slab door is usually 34 1/4 x 82.
 
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Old 04-29-05, 04:03 AM
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Originally Posted by pgtek
hi
check the window company what are the standard size window are available.
some time the opening is to small or to big.
If special size is order, cost more

check first

pg
Hi,

Thanks for the replies! The window is a used window that they bought at an auction which I have not seen yet! I am guessing its probably an older window.
 
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Old 04-29-05, 04:07 AM
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81 sounds too short to me. are you measuring the door itself? Or the door plus it's jamb? The RO for a 32" slab door is usually 34 1/4 x 82.
The 80x32 was the door measurements by itself not including the door jamb. The door that they are using came out of an old fitness building that was a door to a tanning room. Their isnt a door jamb with it though.
 
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Old 04-29-05, 05:36 AM
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have you check if there energy saver?????????
they might be single pane glass??????????
i never buy anything i cant check myself
benn there done that ending buying other

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Old 04-29-05, 06:23 AM
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Originally Posted by ixnay
The 80x32 was the door measurements by itself not including the door jamb. The door that they are using came out of an old fitness building that was a door to a tanning room. Their isnt a door jamb with it though.
That's exactly my point. You will need to make a door jamb for the door. That jamb will add 3/4" to the left, right, and top of the door, making the entire thing 33 1/2 x 81 1/2. (your side jambs will be about 3/4 longer than the door itself to allow for flooring or carpet.) Thus, your rough opening should be about 34 1/4 x 82 so that you have room to shim, square and plumb the jamb into the rough opening. Then you can hang the door on the jamb.
 
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Old 04-29-05, 10:41 AM
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That's exactly my point. You will need to make a door jamb for the door. That jamb will add 3/4" to the left, right, and top of the door, making the entire thing 33 1/2 x 81 1/2. (your side jambs will be about 3/4 longer than the door itself to allow for flooring or carpet.) Thus, your rough opening should be about 34 1/4 x 82 so that you have room to shim, square and plumb the jamb into the rough opening. Then you can hang the door on the jamb.

Excellent! Thanks for that info, just what I was lookin for. This room isnt anything fancy, its being built inside a barn and is going to be used to store parts etc.. All the wood for it is used wood, not the best of shape so they are not to particular about how its going to look. Nonetheless, I would still like to do a good job on it! I have done some framing before but its been over 12 years ago and was uncertain how much of a gap you were supposed to have around doors and windows (Roughly).
 
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Sounds like a great place to practice! Have fun!
 
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