Shop door jambs
I am replacing the garage door on my 1938 garage-made-into-workshop with the doors in issue 168, January 2005. purchased supplies yesterday & realize how heavy these doors are going to be. currently there are 2 2×4’s & 1x jambs. will use the recommended 4 inch hinges (4), will the 1x jambs suffice? i will replace the current jambs due to dry rot & shim plumb, square & level if necessary & then build the doors to size depending on the final opening size. Any feedback? thanks as always!
At a minimum I would make sure that the hinges are ball bearing and I would use longer screws that will pass through your jamb material and bite into the 2x4 framing.
Gudgeon and pintle hinges can carry a lot more loading but it may not be the look you are going for.
Thanks Steve for your time. i will be using butt hinges, mortised into the 1x jambs then.
As long as the space between the jambs and the framing is well shimmed, the jamb thickness isn't that important.
That's what i was thinking, thanks for the clarification. i've built a few light duty insulated doors, but not this large & heavy, was concerned for some reason about weakening the 1x with the mortises...
Very best hinge is a heavy duty piano hinge. We use them on real heavy commercial doors. Worth every penny. Will keep door and frame both straight and binding will not be an issue.
interesting. i should check that out. Of course i just returned from HD buying 8- 4inch commercial hinges & i ordered a used hingle template/jig that will be here tomorrow...
Take a look at this. I installed these on a few pairs of old oak heavy church entrance doors. Mama Mia those doors were thick and heavy. Consult with supplier regarding door size and weight for the proper application. I thought of these when J mentioned commercial HD piano hinge.
Yes, those work great. They are not the most attractive though. If you have a Grainger around, stop in the store. Their staff is great at directing you to proper hardware. They should have quite a few options that are basically just a continuous hinge with same barrel and leg dimensions as a standard door hinge. It will be a pricey hinge, but a pricey door usually requires a pricey hinge. If I remember correctly about $200 for one hinge roughly 7’ long.
Calvin, thanks for your time, i saw those hinges while Googling for hinges, i didn't check the details, but @ first glance, i thought they were a joke or for small doors, but i just looked again & they are expensive, i bought the 8 hinges @ HD for $50, so $200 for a single one is out of my budget at this point, but if the ones i have fail, it will only make sense to get those i guess. thanks again.