Accounts from a Nerdy Tradesman
In my many years as a tradie, I’ve had to make a lot of customisations to standard sized objects to see everything come together in proper working order.
Many building materials and parts come in a standard set of sizes. You’d be amazed at how perfectly some of these things actually fit together! But then occasionally a ‘special house’ will come along and make life more ‘interesting’.
This phenomenon is not just limited to older houses, but is also found in many new builds. It can be caused by a wide variety of reasons, some of which include:
One popular building material that we’ve found frequently needs some pre installation love are doors. Sometimes the door jam is not set to the appropriate size as per door size standards, and an off the shelf door might be just slightly wrong. For your own reference, the most common sizes are as follows:
You are also able to find larger standard door sizes, but these cover many of the basics.
But back to my story. A few recent doors I’ve worked on just won’t fit correctly into the existing door frames. The carpenters installing may have had a communication breakdown with the builders, or just did not get given a specific door size, so just built it with “whatever” in mind. In these cases the doors need an on-site cut down a single side (and occasionally along the bottom of the door) before being prepared, finished and hung in order to make it fit perfectly.
“So, this disaster you were talking about?” I hear you say…
It may not be publicized often enough, but quite often and (usually around public holidays) a notable number of hubbies are admitted to hospitals with cheap Ozito tool war wounds from attempting mini projects around their house. What might have been a quick $170 job from a qualified tradesman (if done 6 months earlier) has now turned into a super ritzy hospital visit… Plus a great big punch in the family jewels to the DIY’ers confidence.
So next time you want to hang a new front door properly without figuring it out on the spot, keep these important things in mind:
If after reading all that you’re still feeling confident and good to go, by all means do your home-project, and the best of luck to you! If not, feel free to leave the safety risks in our experienced hands.