Stock Double door width questions

Old 01-30-23, 08:29 AM
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Stock Double door width questions

I called Jeld-Wen, the maker of the doors but amazed I can't get answers. Am I asking hard questions?

Daughter/husband bought a new house a couple years ago.

There's a sitting room off of main bedroom has a framed area about 60" wide between the sitting room / rest of bedroom.. They didn't get doors installed there with the builder.

They want doors now. With her father inlaw, they measured the opening and it is 'about' 60" wide. They bought a Jeld-wen prehung double door from home depot for the opening (being finished, they didn't want to disturb the molding / trim. And I think they got the prehung because it was in stock / cheaper than 2 slabs? )

They took the doors off the prehung frame. put on the stop molding on doorway, chiseled out the doorway for the hinges and hung the doors. The doors are a little too wide / they don't close. They are each 30" wide. The opening is actually 59 3/4" : (

So they plane / narrow the doors a little bit. That's not an issue.

But the measurements / standards of doors is what I'm curious about.

The guy doing the doors when the house was being built did loads of wainscoting and it looked great. And they've built hundreds of homes in the area... so I think he knows what he's doing.

Focusing only on stock wood doors... when speaking of prehung doors, a 30" door is 30"? The interior opening of the prehung frame is a little wider? And the slab of a 30" door is exactly 30"?

We started measuring door frames and doors that the builder DID install. The doors are slightly under the whole number in inches for the width.

I guess that's how they come when prehung? Here's a pic of doors before install.

This wider opening is the opening where they just installed the double doors.

TL/DR: Because the builder wasn't installing doors in that opening,and used his own trim, he wasn't concerned with the inside width?

Next time, what would they need to do in this type of situation - not wanting to install a prehung, but using the existing trim... Just have to know you will have to plane the doors to narrow them? Order custom doors that are narrower by 1/8" than the opening?

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