Forum Title: Wall is wider than new door frame
Replaced the entry door between garage and dining room with pre-hung steel door. Noticed that the 1970s wall is 1/4 thicker than the frame of new door (although sill matched garage side perfectly). This means there's a 1/4 gap between the back of the new interior trim and door frame. I guess I'll be caulking the gap (which makes me sick). Maybe I should have removed the exterior trim that came attached to the door and lined up the frame flush with the interior wall. Is this a common occurrence? What's the proper way to install it? Thanks.
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: ARLENE STEELE (Tamarac, FL), 01/24/2019

I'd definitely remove as much as the old caulk as you can. I'd be inclined to use a good grade of acrylic caulk because of the painted return. I'm partial to the 'white lightning' brand. It is a siliconized acrylic latex caulk which is paintable.

- DEBRA ADAMS (Independence, MO), 02/13/2019

Yes, the exterior trim could have come off and you would rip a 1/4 strip of wood on a table saw and apply it to the exterior side of the jamb. You can add the same 1/4 strip to the interior side of the jamb, but you would want to apply it 1/4 away from the inside perimeter of the jamb... your hinges and strike plate need that 1/4 reveal. The casing would then be stepped back another 1/4 from that.

- ANNETTE PEARSON (Tuscaloosa, AL), 02/06/2019

I'd disagree slightly. Adding the strip to the hinged side could be problematic because of the hinge.

- CURTIS CHAPMAN (Livonia, MI), 02/20/2019

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