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slacker00
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Trimming a door in place?
Any suggestions on what to use to shorten a door in place? I have a pocket door and can't remove it without pulling off some of the trim. Any suggestions?

New carpet is thicker and I had to cut down all of my doors. The normal doors were easy to remove from hinges and cut with a circular saw.


fishfighter
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re: Trimming a door in place?
Don't half arse it. Pull the trim, remove the door. That gives you a chance to paint the door too!


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El Segundo Guy
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re: Trimming a door in place?
I'd use a belt sander or a small planer instead of a circular saw.


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gumbo2176
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re: Trimming a door in place?
You can probably rent a saw like flooring installers use to cut door jambs and other trims so ceramic tiles can fit under them for a cleaner look.

They can be set at different heights to trim the amount you need or you can simply put down a piece of plywood on the floor and move the saw atop the plywood so the blade cuts into the bottom edge of the door.

Only problem with that is the potential for a bit of tearout on the door face unless you can mark a cut line with a pencil and then run a utility knife along that line to pre-cut the door surface prior to using the saw.

ETA: It is called a door jamb cutter tool if you don't know what I'm talking about.


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re: Trimming a door in place?
Oscillating Tool @ Lowes


Got one like this for $19 or $29 around Christmas a couple years ago just because. I use it for all kind of shite.


Notro
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re: Trimming a door in place?
Maybe this will work???

IRWIN ProTouch 6.5-in Dovetail Cut Hand Saw

Image: https://mobileimages.lowes.com/product/converted/024721/024721064875.jpg?size=xl


Clames
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re: Trimming a door in place?
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Oscillating Tool @ Lowes


Yeah, that won't work at all. Make a whole lot of noise and a very ugly cut that will take forever. Jamb saw won't work either, you won't be able to get to all of the door.

Sorry OP, you'll have to do it the right way. As long as you are careful and cut the caulk seams before pulling the trim you should be able to put it right back up, caulk it, and only need a little touch-up painting.


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fishfighter
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re: Trimming a door in place?
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It is called a door jamb cutter tool if you don't know what I'm talking about.


The blade only cuts about 3/4" deep max.


fishfighter
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re: Trimming a door in place?
That is a manual door jam saw.

OP, just remove the door. Put some painters tape on both sides and mark your cut, then saw. The painters tape gives a clean cut.

And yes, run a unity knife. Once the trim is removed, pull the nails from the back side. That keeps the front side from blowing out wood.
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gumbo2176
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re: Trimming a door in place?
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The blade only cuts about 3/4" deep max.


Then cut it from both sides.


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ItzMe1972
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re: Trimming a door in place?
Wondering if you can get to the rollers on top and adjust to give the door more lift.

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fishfighter
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re: Trimming a door in place?
Still will have to remove the door to do that.


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