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Wonky Door Frames

Discussion in 'Windows and Doors' started by jod72, 5 Jan 2015.

  1. jod72

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    Our bathroom doorframe is a bit wonky, looks like it's higher by an inch or so on one side (more than likely caused by movement in the past particularly as there are some cracks in the plasterwork nearby). How easy is it to take the frame out and replace it so it's flush?
     
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    An inch out over the width of a door is a heck of a lot!

    Put a sprit level on it and see how far out it actually is
     
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    was this house built before 1945?

    Where is it?
     
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    I'll have to measure it but it's well off! The house was built in the early 1890's and is in South Manchester.
     
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    It is not unusual for older houses to be out of shape.

    As well as settlement caused by shallow foundations and weak mortar, most European towns experienced movement caused by bomb damage, which ripples the ground like a pond when a stone is dropped in it.
     
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    Presumably the bathroom door has has it's shape altered at some time :p
    It's possible enough to remove the old door casing, but you can expect quite a bit of plaster damage too.
    Install the new casing so it's completely square in the opening, or it will come back to haunt....the new door will need modifying too, more than likely - maybe at the bottom this time.
    John :)
     
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    sometimes they will change a slate roof for a concrete tile roof and transfer the load to a weaker point like above a door
    is there any \/ timbers in the attic above this door frame ??
    do you have thick concrete tiles on your roof ??
     
  8. jod72

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    Just measured, it's a little under 3/4 an inch, so not quite as bad, it's an old house and the walls are a bit wonky in parts so I'm hoping it's all part of the settlement rather than subsidence!

    The door in there has been cut to shape, (was like that when we moved in 15 years ago) slate tiles on the roof, no concrete ones. It's more of an aesthetic thing as we've just had the bathroom done and it looks great, just a bit offputting with the wonky door...so it depends if it's a costly job to put right or not!
     
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