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November 6, 2010 2:29 PM Subscribe
I messed up my door frame when I framed the wall. Please help me decide on the best fix.
posted by SquidLips to Home & Garden (6 answers total)
I am finishing my basement. So far, everything has gone extremely well, from electrical to the plumbing, and most of the framing. However, I discovered a problem with a door frame that I need advice on how to best approach.
I don't have any idea how this happened - maybe I thought I would come back to fix it later, not really sure. But it is two-fold: First problem, I neglected to add in a jack stud on one side. I'm pretty sure I planned on putting one in later when I erected that wall, since the base plate extends out 1 1/2 inches with nothing on top... room for the jack stud. (This has been a long process - 3+ years - and I have a terrible memory. Who knows what I was thinking!)
At any rate, the second problem is that I don't believe the overall measurement of the opening is correct. My plan calls for a 24" door (it's a small closet), so I should have a 26" door opening, right?
However, the opening as it stands is 27". If I frame in a 2x4 for a jack stud, the opening will be 25 1/2". If I frame in a 1x4, it'll be 26 1/4". I know I could shim it, but will the quarter inch be too much to shim, or cause issues with the finish work? If I use a 2x4, will the opening end up too narrow to fit the door?
Would it be less problematic to plane down a 2x4 to be 1 inch thick, resulting in a proper width?
I know, I know... measure twice, etc etc. NO idea how this occurred, but I'm dealing with it now. Any thoughts on the best way to address this?
Thanks in advance!