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Question DetailsAsked on 8/5/2016

What would be the typical cost to repair the door frame of an interior bedroom door?

The door itself is in okay condition, but the door frame is faltering due to a rowdy teenager for a lack of a better term. We have tried rehanging the door but the whole door frame definitely needs to be replaced because it doesn't seem to be aligning, meaning there is a gap between the trim on the door frame and the door when the door is shut, so it's a big enough gap to just shimmy something in and unlock the door.

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Not quite sure exactly sure where this gap is, so two possibilities covered below:

1) If the gap is between the closed door and the stop strip (which is the thin trim piece which runs around 3 sides and is aligned at the centerline of the door frame, which the door comes up against when closed, hence the name "stop" strip) then all you need to do is carefully (putty knife works well to get it started) peel the stop strip away from the frame where it no longer contacts the closed door - at least the piece on the striker edge, possibly top one also if misaligned because of the door hitting it too hard - so could be entire strip or only part of its length that you have to move. Usually has large staples holding it to the frame but sometimes finish nails, which are probably partly bent now if the door has been hitting the stop strip hard enough (I am presuming from slamming the door or one kis trying to force door open from outside while other inside is trying to hold it shut) to shove it sideways on the frame. You may be able to realign it flush with the closed door (should just touch when ndoor is latched AND pulled tight in the closed direction) and just refasten it with the original nails or staples and a bit of glue at the contact - or if the rowdiness in closing the door continues (which I would have solved by removing the door from its hinges for a week to see how he/she likes being without a door) then you may need a few new finish nails through the stopstrip into the frame, though tht does leave visible nails. Brown, beige, white, fir or birch, black trim nails are available in small packs at home improvement and box stores to roughly match the finish - or use regular finish nails (say about 5 penny ones) and drive them past the surface them patch with matching finish wood putty/dough.

2) If the doorframe fit the door originally but is now out of square or plumb (assuming it is not actually badly broken) so it is cockeyed or tilting in or out at the top or sides in the opening, meaning the door probably does not close without scraping the framing, all that needs to be done at worst is pull off the trim around the door and the stopstrip (which conceals the frame nails or screws holding the doorframe to the studs), cut the nails with a sawzall outside the frame (in the gap between the frame and the rough opening studs and header) or drive them all the way through the frame with a same size or smaller drift punch, then remove the frame and door and reinstall it with proper wedge shims between door frame and studs, starting with the hinge side plumbed up and vertical, then plumbing up the striker side which would simultaneously level the top of the frame, shimming and nailing about 4-5 places per side them as you go (including one right on each side of striker plate top and bottom). Then replace the stop strip. If the frame fit once, it is quite likely that after shimming and nailing the hinge side if you use the door and door latch to align the other side of the frame so the door bolt is centered in the strikear plate that the frame will be square or close enough. Test for dragging of the door in the opening or binding hinges before nailing the striker side, then shim and nail top of frame last.

if unable to do this yourself, a Handyman for about $50-100 or his minimum charge whichever is more (depending on what the issue is, assuming framing is not actually cracked and split) should be able to do it in about an hour or less. But sounds like a good Youtube video lesson and project for you and the kid - partly to make him/her fix the damage, partly to get started on learning how to do minor home repairs, which can REALLY save money over a lifetime.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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