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Doors to small, can I decrease door frames/jams?

Discussion in 'Windows and Doors' started by Patsy1, 13 Aug 2019.

  1. Patsy1

    Patsy1

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    Hi,
    I am doing up my house on a VERY small budget.
    I have bought some second hand pitch pine cottage doors complete with hinges and locks.
    All of them are too narrow for the 8 door frames I replacing doors in.
    Is there an easy way to add to the frames/jams without it looking too bodged?
    I'm loathed to sell them on as they were such a bargain and exactly what I want.
    They are too narrow by about 1 inch to 2 inches on the worst ones.
    Thanks for any help.
    I can add a pics if needed.
    Pat.
     
  2. Bosswhite

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    I would build out the frame to accomodate the doors, build on the hinge side it would not be noticable then
     
  3. StephenStephen

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    If it were me, I would glue and screw (make sure the screw heads are recessed) strips onto the doors to make them wide enough, on the hinge side - I imagine you'd struggle to find strips of pitch pine, but with older doors like these, an 'honest repair' using pine, could be a feature rather than a bodge perhaps? I'd be loath to reduce the width of doorways if it can be avoided.
     
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    trouble you have is if you are adapting a frame to a probably non standard wonky door next time you need to replace you have the same work again
    always better to add to doors iff the frames are standard size

    if these doors have been wet [wet stripped]i would give them 6 weeks n a dry heated room as they could shrink up to 10mm
     
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