Prehung Door Installed Wrong?

Old 04-03-16, 10:17 AM
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Prehung Door Installed Wrong?

As a novice DIY'er, I ordered standard sized pre-hung panel doors to replace older plain looking doors (for 3 bedrooms and 1 bathroom). Home is older construction with plaster walls, so the door jamb width on new doors was more narrow than the framed door opening. Oversight #1 on my part... On the advice of a contractor, he advised to install the doors with 'non-hinged' side flush to the wall (i.e. the hallway wall) because jamb extensions don't look nice and it's better to hide the seam of the extension inside the rooms (on hinged side of door). I installed the doors as he suggested and then did the casings in the hallway with the intention of later extending the jambs on the inside of the bedrooms and bathroom. However, the hinges and other door hardware will now be recessed inside the jamb extensions. Oversight #2... Not sure how to proceed now? Can I buy replacement door hardware (hinges and strike plate) that is wider so the hardware will extend to the outer edge of the jamb extensions? (No luck finding any such hardware so far.) Any advice on how to make this right without removing the doors and starting over?
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Old 04-03-16, 10:41 AM
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They need to be taken out and done correctly. You will never be happy with them that way.
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On the advice of a contractor, he advised to install the doors with 'non-hinged' side flush to the wall
He gave you bad advice. Hindsight is 20/20.
Old 04-03-16, 10:54 AM
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I would've done just the opposite from what your contractor friend said. Bring the hinge side flush with the wall. With wider wall than door frame you need to add a filler strip to the frame to make it look right. I've seen this type of thing in the past.

As Mike said you need to remove and re-install.
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You don't need 4 ppl to tell you the same thing, but I'm with the others.
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