By Dillon B. (additional writing by Ryan O.)
A door that is not able to close because the door hits the door jamb (or the dost post of the frame of the door) is problematic, but we can fix this problem. While we can fix the problem by getting rid of the door completely (no door, no problem, right?), let’s get to the heart of the problem and adjust the jamb itself so the door clears and it’s no longer sticking.
Here are the steps to … get you out of a jamb:
1. Measure how much you need to move the jamb. This is generally going to be a very small measurement, a ¼ or a ½ inch is enough to prevent a door from closing from overlapping with the jamb.
2. Take this measurement and score that distance on the drywall away from the jamb. We don’t want to cut into the jamb; we want to mark behind the jamb and adjust the frame that way. At this point, only mark the area that you are planning to shave off; do NOT cut all the way through YET.
3. Next, remove any screws attached to the jamb at the bottom 12 to 16 inches of the door on both sides of the door frame, especially where the door is sticking. You want to do both sides to allow the jamb some flexibility so it does not break from the tension.
4. Once you have removed the screws and impediments from the affected area, then cut and shave off the area behind the jamb, including the drywall, and anything behind it like the studs and shims. A multipurpose tool or a Sawzall blade (reciprocating saw blade) is recommended. Depending on the individual door, you may need to remove screws from the threshold (the bottom plate) of the door.
5. Using a pry bar or shim, move the jamb to the new position. Swing the door to see if it clears the jamb and closes properly. Also check to make sure that the reveal of the door (the gap between the door and the jamb) is consistent from the top gap of the door, though the center to the bottom distance.
6. Once you have the jamb in position, nail three-inch framing screws to secure the jamb into position. If you have any outstanding shims, cut them down using a multi-purpose tool or a knife. You are now able to reinstall your door trim.
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