Forum Title: Replace or sand down door frame?
Hello all! I have an interior door that needs replacing - I know I'm going to replace the door but I'm unsure on whether I should get a prehung and replace the frame or just use the existing frame? Right now it's a stained oak frame which is in ok shape. I'm not exactly sure what the finish is on it, but it's a darker color and somewhat shiny. The new trim and door will be white so I'd either need to sand it down and prime, then paint it or just rip it out and get a pre-hung door with a new frame. Are there pro's and con's to this either way? The door is a 'solid core' and will have to be trimmed down no matter what. I'd have to trim down the new frame too if I go that route. I've never replaced a door before so either way this is all new to me...thanks!
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: TINA SULLIVAN (Escondido, CA), 01/04/2019

You will likely find that your new doors may be a little smaller than your old doors. Measure the distance between jambs at the floor (not including door stop). If it is, say 32 1/4 your new doors will likely cover that hole by 1/8 per side. You will likely have to jamb extend your new doors though. Older doors usually had a wider wall thickness than today's standard doors. Be sure you dont add the jamb extension on the latch/hinge side of the door... do it on the opposite side of the jamb. On your height, make them as tall as possible... allow maybe 3/8 on top for shims. Your jambs will likely sit on top of the floor... Check your floor for level and if needed, cut each side jamb to match the variation in the floor so that the heads will sit level.

- CHRISTIAN MILES (Vista, CA), 02/11/2019

Why use a solid core door for the interior? how much do you need to cut off of it?

- VELMA MCLAUGHLIN (Temple, TX), 03/07/2019

I would replace the whole thing with a pre-hung. In the long haul it will be less work. And I also ask the question of the need for a solid interior door?

- FRANK YOUNG (Hoover, AL), 03/05/2019

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