door frame removal resized 600Replacing a door can be challenging. If you are replacing the door and frame, the first step is removing the old frame from the opening. This is called a pre-hung door since the door is already hung from the frame. Removing the old frame sometimes takes a little finesse to save the molding around the perimeter of the door.

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The door frame is nailed through the rough framing of the opening, whether it is an interior door or exterior door. The key here is to gently remove the molding on both the interior and exterior of the opening. If you are planning on replacing these anyway, you can just bulldoze through them. Most people will reinstall them as they match the rest of the molding. Cut through the caulking with a utility knife at the perimeter of the molding and then gently goose up an edge. Once you can slide a screwdriver or pry bar under it, just shimmy the bar along the length of the molding. Be very careful here though, it doesn’t take much to snap the molding and send you on a shopping spree.

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Once you have removed the molding, you can cut out the door frame. Use a reciprocating saw with a demolition blade in it and run the blade along the perimeter of the door fame. The blade will cut through virtually anything in its path…nails, wood shims, etc.

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At this point the frame will be free for you to pull out and haul away.

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