How to Fix a Broken Door Jamb

A broken door jamb does not mean you need to order a new door! There are a few simple options you have to fix a broken door jamb. You can buy a whole new door or door frame and replace it with the existing one or you can attempt to fix the broken door jamb yourself. With the right tools and some elbow grease, you will be able to repair your door jamb in no time. Before you start repairing your broken door jamb you will need:

  • Nails
  • Wood filler
  • Wood glue
  • Sandpaper
  • Paint or stain
  • A hammer
  • Putty Knife
  • Hand saw
  • Shims
  • Wood

Repairing A Broken Door Jamb

If you are repairing your broken door jamb, there are two parts for your solution. First, you will want to attempt to put the pieces of the door jamb back together. Fill any gaps you have with wood filler. Use thin nails to connect the broken parts of the door jamb into the parts that aren’t broken. Sand the wood filler once it dries and sand the rest of the jamb smooth. You will finish repairing your broken door jamb by painting or staining it so it matches the rest of the door.

Replacing A Broken Door Jamb

After your repair your broken door jamb, you will have a few more steps to get your door looking as good as new. First you need to break the paint seal between the door molding and the molding using a putty knife. You may have to break the seal between the wall and the molding as well. Pry the molding that are on both sides of the door jamb that need to be repaired. Gently pull the molding out until you can see the nails that attach to the wall. Using your hand saw, saw through the nails connecting the molding. This should keep the molding in shape so you can reuse it. Horizontally cut across the jamb with the hand saw. Cut down until you are a few inches from the top of the jamb. Pry as much of jamb from the wall as you can using the backend of a hammer. Replace the door jamb by using a piece of wood designed for your door. Measure and cut the replacement jamb and use nails to secure it in place. While pressing on the top jamb, nail it back into place. You may have to insert spacers to make sure the jambs are even with the door. When you’re finished, remember to install a replacement door stop and lock strike on the door jamb you just replaced.

If you’re unable to repair or replace your broken door jamb, DIY Door Store has a large selection of doors and door frames to suit any home. We can help you find exactly what you’re looking for and at affordable prices. DIY Door Store has door parts from Therma-Tru, Masonite, Fox, and Trapp doors! For more information on how to fix a broken door jamb or about the wide selection of door parts we sell, call us at (888) 998 - 3667.

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