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How To Frame a Door Rough Opening


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1. How to frame a Door Rough Opening:  The very first thing you must do is purchase the desired, pre-hung door to learn what the dimensions of the prescribed rough opening.  Determine the location and dimensions  of the new wall and the position of the door.  You have built the first wall, Wall #1, per the instructions for "How to Build a Wall."  The three 2x4's end the Wall #1 where the corner will meet Wall #2 with the Door opening.

2. To build the second wall, measure from the base plate of Wall #1 to where Wall #2 will end.  With this measurement, cut the two top plates, and the bottom plate to size.  Install the Top Plate #1 of Wall #2 and mark the placement line for the Base Plate of Wall #2 per the instructions found in: "How to Build a Wall."

3. Select Top Plate #2 of Wall #2 and the Base plate and layout and mark the placement of the studs every 16", per the wall building instructions.  Given the rough opening dimensions provided by the door manufacturer, decide the placement of the door opening; mark the rough opening space on the Base Plate and Top Plate #2.  As shown above, measure and mark out from each edge of the rough opening, 1 1/2" for the "Jack Stud" placement and 1 1/2" for the "King Stud" placement.

4. Cut the studs and nail them in place per the wall building instructions  including the "King Studs" (do not nail the "Jack Studs at this time).

5. Select the two Jack Studs, measure, mark, cut the Jack Studs to the dimensions of the vertical rough opening; subtract 1 1/2" to allow for the thickness of the Base Plate; nail the Jack Studs in place.

6. Select a 2 x 4, measure the distance between the King Studs; Measure, cut, and nail the top, cross-plate, as shown above.

7. Select another piece of 2x4, measure the distance above the door opening; measure, cut, and nail the three Cripple Studs as shown above.  Place the Cripple Studs in place to maintain the consistent 16" stud placement.

8. Lift Wall #2 into place; ensure the boards making the corner are tight and lined up with the existing wall #1.  If Wall #1 is plumb, the Wall #2 should also be plumb from top to bottom; the corner should be straight and plumb.  Nail the Top Plate into place and then secure the base and the corners at each end of Wall #2.

9. With the wall in place, drill the necessary holes for wire or pipes; add the wire and pipes; be sure to nail any necessary metal pipe guard plates onto the studs.

10. Add the stud covering material of choice and have a fun day.  Access the following tips:

How to Frame a Wall

How to Frame a Corner

How to Frame a Window Rough Opening

  How To Hang and Finish Drywall


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