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Drywall is not flush with the upper portion of the door jambs.

Drywall is not flush with the upper portion of the door jambs.


Old 04-07-15, 04:31 PM
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Drywall is not flush with the upper portion of the door jambs.

I am not sure how to go about this. I have a door that has recently been installed, but the upper portion of the door james are not flush with the drywall. Is this going to be a problem when I put trim around the door? And is there a way I can fix this without taking of the entire door & frame and re-installing it? Extra drywall floating compound?
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Old 04-07-15, 04:38 PM
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Post a picture.
The drywall is not suppost to be in contact with the jambs anyway.
How big a gap is it?
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You will need to add a peice of wood to the door jamb to bring it flush with the drywall called build out. It is standard practice for door and window installations.
Old 04-07-15, 05:25 PM
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The top is not flush.... but by how much. That bit of information would be very helpful. (you would not build out the jamb if only the top half of the jamb is recessed.) Normally you just beat the drywall down, crushing it so that your casing can tip in as needed. It makes your miters a bit trickier because when the casing is tipped, the miter becomes a compound cut. Or you just shim the edge of the casing on the miter saw as you cut it so that it's tipped the same amount as the wall is.
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As the others said, we need more info and pics would also help! It's not uncommon for the drywall not to align perfectly with the jamb. Is the door jamb plumb? Often nailing the casing to the jamb and securing it to the stud behind the drywall and then using caulking to fill in the gaps is all that is needed. As X said, if the drywall is proud of the jamb - a hammer and block of wood will generally knock it down. With severe low spots you'd float some j/c to level it out.
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I am having the same issue, I think. The bottom of the door jam sticks out about 3/8" while the top is flush with the jam because the former house owners didn't install the drywall level, yet the door casing is level on all sides.

It will not allow me to add photos to this site (I keep getting an upload error), but if anyone has any advice other than "Re-install the drywall" then I'd be VERY appreciative!
Old 04-23-15, 01:17 PM
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Here is how to upload your pictures - http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...rt-images.html

Keep in mind that you may have to resize your photo's if they are a high definition.
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Yes I tried that. But I didn't see a max size that I need to aim for on the resize.

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