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Old 09-22-2020, 02:57 PM   #1
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Dealing Warped Door Slabs.


Any of you guys got any tips for dealing with warped slabs? Iíve been trimming out a house and a handful of door slabs have a bit of twist to them so they donít sit flush. The openings are are in plane, so itís not cross legged. Iíd hate to twist the jamb to fit the door and fight trimming it later. But the slab sitting 1/4Ē proud of the jamb isnít so hot either.


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Old 09-22-2020, 03:55 PM   #2
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Steel, wood, fiberglass?
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I haven't dealt with it in new slabs, but have with a couple of transplanted antiques, with moderate success. It ain't quick or easy.

Strip the paint or whatever it's finished with. Wrap the slab in wet rags and plastic for a few days, to get the wood moisturized. Then mount it in the installed jambs. Rig up whatever you have to in order to twist the slab a good bit the opposite way of how it's warped, and keep it that way until the moisture level is equalized to the environment. The slower the drying process, the better the chances it will "take".

Just how much to torque it is a judgement call, and even with experience it's not likely to come out perfect.

With a new slab, I'd just replace it.
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I remember someone on here recommending ratchet straps on opposing corners

To get a bow out, I've put a door on horses and put some weight in the middle

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1/4" I might sledge the bottom plate a little. When a flat slab comes along, it gets sledged back.

I wouldn't like doing that, though. Normally I'm sledging framing to get it to fit a flat slab without some funky trim.
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You can 'Trig' the door so to speak. Slide the jamb head and legs in and out up to 1/8ish and make up 1/4" twist. But you have to roll cut the casing miters and all the crooked jiggy chit your avoiding.

Option B if door inst prefinished, extra labor - Pull the stop. Move hinges in to make up the difference and reset the stop to even things up on the latch side.

If you can get it close either way so the door touches the stop and requires a gentle tug to latch .... ""frequently"" the twist may straighten out some.
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I haven't dealt with it in new slabs, but have with a couple of transplanted antiques, with moderate success. It ain't quick or easy.

Strip the paint or whatever it's finished with. Wrap the slab in wet rags and plastic for a few days, to get the wood moisturized. Then mount it in the installed jambs. Rig up whatever you have to in order to twist the slab a good bit the opposite way of how it's warped, and keep it that way until the moisture level is equalized to the environment. The slower the drying process, the better the chances it will "take".

Just how much to torque it is a judgement call, and even with experience it's not likely to come out perfect.

With a new slab, I'd just replace it.

These doors are all pre finished. Seriously doubt the builder will spring for replacing them. Theyíre trying to hand over the keys next week as well.


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You can 'Trig' the door so to speak. Slide the jamb head and legs in and out up to 1/8ish and make up 1/4" twist. But you have to roll cut the casing miters and all the crooked jiggy chit your avoiding.

Option B if door inst prefinished, extra labor - Pull the stop. Move hinges in to make up the difference and reset the stop to even things up on the latch side.

If you can get it close either way so the door touches the stop and requires a gentle tug to latch .... ""frequently"" the twist may straighten out some.

I havenít installed stops or hardware yet. The worst door is out 1/4Ē at the top and in 1/4Ē at the bottom. Maybe Iíll try moving the hinges.


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Whenever I order my interior doors from my local mill I get them without the stop installed. That way I can install the doors with screws behind where the stop will be. That lets me remove the screws to tweak the gap if needed. Also between cheating the jambs in and out and installing the stop after the door is hung I can usually overcome mildly twisted doors.

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Whenever I order my interior doors from my local mill I get them without the stop installed. That way I can install the doors with screws behind where the stop will be. That lets me remove the screws to tweak the gap if needed. Also between cheating the jambs in and out and installing the stop after the door is hung I can usually overcome mildly twisted doors.

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This builder is installing for gets them the same way, otherwise I remove them before I install. I was just trying to avoid cheating the jamb out too much. The trim is just a 1x4 leg with 5/4x6 head and it looks extra ****ty if it doesnít sit flat to the wall.


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These doors are all pre finished. Seriously doubt the builder will spring for replacing them. Theyíre trying to hand over the keys next week as well.
Pretty much par for the course, then. As much as it hurts, in the end the budget dictates what lengths you can go to, and sometimes you just have to schlock it. Sigh.
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pulling a door straight can take a while, a finished door longer and it still may not twist back to straight since its sealed.

I have waited a month or two at times
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I'm betting that's just how those doors are going to be.
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I'm betting that's just how those doors are going to be.

Youíre probably right. Alder is twisty stuff, those door jambs were a real treat to work with.


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Hinges and the stop. You wont be able to get a half inch though.

It is amazing to me how these large companies send out so many twisted doors. I mean, its like the main thing you cant have. They must store them in heat and humidity differentials because the lumber should be perfect coming over to assembly.
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Hinges and the stop. You wont be able to get a half inch though.

It is amazing to me how these large companies send out so many twisted doors. I mean, its like the main thing you cant have. They must store them in heat and humidity differentials because the lumber should be perfect coming over to assembly.

I know they at least sit in the garage for a couple weeks before I get there.


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