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Old 05-13-2019, 08:55 AM  
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I hang my doors plumb not level, but it is INCREDIBLY rare to cut all miters at 45 and expect them to fit perfectly. They are almost always 45.5-45.9.
I hang doors plumb and level.

Otherwise, your reveals are all pkukt up.
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Old 05-13-2019, 09:04 AM  
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So, I watch the trim carpies on my jobs do pre-assemble.

Measure, cut, glue, stack. Go back, hang and roll up cords after.

Main floors, mostly have been 8 ft doors.

Anyway, point is, the assemblies all fit. No problem getting an even reveal, or tight joints to the frame/wall.

IMO - ALL methods are good. Sticking to a method and practice seems to help.
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Where is all of this pre asemble being clamped and stacked without opening legs? Stood up with collins type of claps?
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Where is all of this pre asemble being clamped and stacked without opening legs? Stood up with collins type of claps?
Near the cut station I would always have a sheet of mdf on horses. I build, assemble, clamp and stack on the sheet of mdf. Do that till lunch, eat lunch and then hang it all.

Works well for me and I know no matter what all mites are staying closed.

The reason I hate split jambs is I never build anything but solid core doors. I do not trust casing to hold a 120 lbs door even if it's only for a minute. Not to mention nailing behind the stop isn't an option. Even if I didn't build a lot of the doors I hang, i wouldn't use split jambs.
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I often set the heads then join the legs with a side nail and clamps with the bottom 6' unnailed for a while to set up
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I hang doors plumb and level.

Otherwise, your reveals are all pkukt up.
That means you have to have a square door slab, that seems to be hard to find nowadays lol.
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I have preassembled casing many times and Ive gone back. But I do it when I can, usually on thin, narrow trim.

Pre-assemble 3/4 thick by 4 1/4 wide casing. Now lets say you have a door that you had to tweak in the opening to get it to hit the stop properly and its behind or in front of drywall an 1/8 at the head jamb, give or take, you will never get that casing tight to the jamb or drywall. You cant tweak it.
You can get it tight with a hooped set if the miter is biscuited and clamped the with the correct pressure. 1/8" is nothing. You can pull 1/4"-5/16" tight to the jamb and rock with a clamp without popping the miter. If I have rock proud of the jamb i cut it out with a small low RPM circular saw to leaving on about 1/4"-3/16" for the back edge of the casing to land on. I worked out a deal with the drywaller to not glue the rock to the king and jack so it just peels out once cut. Saw is faster and neater than tenderizing with a hammer. With the low rpm the dust just drops straight down.

For the guys talking about reveal blocks this is mine. Piece of 1/16" aluminum angle screwed to a piece of scrap with a light 1/4" reveal. The advantage over a rabbeted block is you can mark with the door closed and still hanging.
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Great idea with the reveal block! I like my reveals a tad smaller 3/16" max...
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I hang doors plumb and level.

Otherwise, your reveals are all pkukt up.
Funny how difficult the concept of plumb and level is to some people
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If I hung the door then I know it's plumb and level, if not I check it first, then measure, mark for my reveal which I always eyeball unless there's some overriding reason I need to measure that out. Then measure my legs and cut them both at once on the chop, holding them back to back with the outside of the cases pressed against the fence and holding the two pieces horizontal, then I tack a couple of nails into the upper parts of the legs then measure and cut the top.
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If I hung the door then I know it's plumb and level, .
That's what I always say, but it isn't always the case.

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That's what I always say, but it isn't always the case.

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ditto .just saw one i did years ago .friggen reveal is off .did one leg grow ? how many times have i walked away thinking it was perfect only to return and find it off .
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Damn little kids hanging off the door like it's a swing...
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ditto .just saw one i did years ago .friggen reveal is off .did one leg grow ? how many times have i walked away thinking it was perfect only to return and find it off .
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Mark reveals for the whole house, rough cut legs for the whole house, distribute them to each opening, mark in place and label, measure the heads and write them down, cut the whole house. If any doors are proud of drywall, I make a note of it and cut those miters compound by 1/2-1 degree (tilt and bevel). Preassemble with hi-pur or titebond and clam clamps. French door casings get stitched with short, wide crown staples from behind for added strength while I’m carrying it to the opening. Production speed and custom quality. If I have any gapping, the casing gets clamped to the jamb.
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I trim an interior door the same way I put on my pants. Left leg first, then right leg, head last.














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