I have a interior bedroom door that is split at the strike plate and the hole is split so that the door does not stay close, would it be easrier to replace the one side or the whole frame or if there is a better way to fix this...
Hello wmckin7, and welcome to our community!
You have the option of either replacing the entire door and frame (pre hung door) or just replacing one side of the jamb. Before you start the project it might be a good Idea to photograph your current project, so you have it for reference later in case you were wondering how things looked before you took it apart, and it makes for a good show n' tell later.
Replacing one side of the door jamb (the latch side) is not a big deal (as opposed to replacing the hinge side), you just need a few tools and material to make your life a lot easier to get it done. If you need pine or oak, that's great, Home Depot carries both types of jamb material in stock, if you need to paint it, go with the pine. This material is located in the Door & Window dept where all of the moulding is kept, aka. Millwork.
> Measure the depth of the jamb and the height you are replacing, most common in stock is 4-9/16" x 84".
> Next, you need to decide if you can reuse the Door Stop, if you can remove it in one piece, great, if it breaks and it most likely it will, you will need to know what the profile is, see picture below. You can print out this posting & bring it into the store and show it to the person in the Millwork area, they can also help if you have any other questions that I may have missed.
Some of tools that you will need. These maybe be also rented at your local Home Depot:
Starting the removal process:
Door casing is the trim around the door, if you have paint you will need to use your utility knife to break bead of paint where you see the red indicating lines below. If you have trim on both sides, then you will need to repeat the process to both sides.
Once the casing is removed then you will be able to see the vertical portion of the door jamb that you are going to replaced. The red circle shows you the jamb exposed, the blue circle shows you the shims that were used in this project, and this is how your shims will look once you have finished replacing your jamb.
Now begins the cut out of the damaged jamb. Using the Reciprocating saw or oscillating multifunction power tool, start to cut into the shims at the top, then work your way down through all of the nails.The arrows in the picture below show the void between the wall/stud and the jamb. The green rectangle is only highlighting the jamb for reference purposes only.
Once the old jamb is removed, then you can install the new and line it up in the same location as the previous jamb. Using your level to make sure the new wood is plumb, shims the area behind the jamb, then nail through the jamb into the shims.
Once the jamb is installed & plumb, then you can either reuse the door stop moulding that you took off, or install the new, try to cut it to fit exactly to the same size and mitered at the top to fit in with the horizontal door stop along the top.
Once the door stop is in place, now move on to marking the area where you need to drill a hole for the door latch. Close the door, and mark with a pencil where the latch plate needs to go. You may need to notch out the jamb with a chisel in order to make the latch plate fit flush with the surface of the jamb.
Once you have fit the latch plate, and everything meets with your satisfaction, then you can remove the latch plate, and either stain the new jamb, or paint. If you have any questions please fee to send me a reply.
Please post pictures of this or any project. Thanks for posting.