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11th September 2009
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space between door assembly and wall

hi folks,

today the carpenter came to install my doors.
there is a big gap between the door assembly and the wall.
at some places its nearly nothing but at other places its more than an inch...
i could just stop him from spraying pur-foam in it!!
how could i fill this place up?

thanks

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This is a GREAT example why doors are the weakest link in a wall!

There's a couple of ways to attack the problem...

Stuff pink fluffy insulation in the gaps until it's about as tight as you can get it, then caulk the fool out of it until you are flush with the wall surface.

You can also find wood stock that is wider than the gap and plane it down until it JUST fits, then stuff with insulation and caulk until flush with the wall surface.

Either way, you want to caulk the gaps until they are well sealed.

I would not recommend using the spray expansive foams... They typically begin to break down after a few years.
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could i use drywall mud to fill it?
caulking a gap of more than an inch seems messy to me...
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could i use drywall mud to fill it?
caulking a gap of more than an inch seems messy to me...
I guess you could use mud.... but wow... 5 or 6 days of mud/dry/mud/dry sure would be a waste of time... if not longer...
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Oh No

Horrible. Expanding foam is also vile. How about concrete? I don't have enough build experience to predict drying issues, but I reckon you will be skimming over it later anyway.
Perhaps you could make up something with PVA glue and wood chips and sawdust? A sort of DIY plastic wood?
My sympathies, but sort it out properly, as in airtight.
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This is a GREAT example why doors are the weakest link in a wall!
I'd say, it's a great example why contractors are the weakest link in studio construction.
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I'd say, it's a great example why contractors are the weakest link in studio construction.
AMEN!

But even the best efforts to build tight framing usually results in gaps and opening that have to be dealt with.

One of my own doors has similar issues... and I helped frame it myself. It was framed overall 1/2" wider than I thought I had framed it. So that means I had to deal with a nasty 1" gap on the latch side.

Framing is never perfect, and you have to deal with the problems that arise.

The reality is that the "best" solution is rarely the "easiest" and compromising often yields less than desirable results.
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