How to repair a garage door jamb, rotted wood. Easy! Home Mender



hello this is Dustin with home mender and today we're going to be replacing a garage door jamb typically they get rot at the bottom either they're contacting the ground they are also prone to termite activity this one's rotted we need to get taken out let's get to it we're going to start by taking off the garage weather stripping usually made of vinyl use your pry bar now this one's wrapped in metal we can repair it a little different but if yours is not wrapped in metal we're going to repair this one as if we were painting it if we pull back our metal wrap we can see the rock this piece is rotted and also goes way back into here behind the metal wrap so we're going to replace the whole side of the jamb we're going to pull off this 1 by 3 strip and we're not going to be too careful with it because it's got to be released got a little bit of coffee here and just cut that next we're going to pull up our metal wrap usually this is damaged in getting it off so you may not be able to reuse it if you're painting obviously this doesn't apply to you now that our metal rap is off we're going to use a saw to cut this board so it's a little easier for us to get at now you may even fold it face off this is usually trimmed out in brick mold this one's trimmed out in 2×4 I think we can do it without folding it you find your board there we are that was easy now if your rewrapping in metal it doesn't matter how much you cut out of the board you can cut two or three feet off of it and then put in a new wood because you're rapping over it but if it's going to be painted then it needs to be painted we prefer one solid piece measure up from the ground now that's 83 inches tight from the ground however we don't want to touch in the ground because that's what rotted it out the first time so we're going to take about a half inch off of our 83 inch we're going to cut it at eighty two and a half eighty two and a half mark square eighty two and a half fit to the top so our garage door jamb is cut and ready to go in we're going to use finishing nails because this is going to be paint grade you don't want to use some jumbo ugly head nail you can use your pro bar at a block of wood to position the board where you need it now nail it off make sure you use galvanized finishing nails so they don't rust now in our garage door jambs in we need to replace the piece of 1×3 that we took off remember to keep it a half inch from the ground our last measurement was a two and a half we want it to be the same size we're going to cut this at eighty two and a half lift it up to the top and nail it on let's measure the position of the board so we can keep it the same all the way down Mark it down below now that we've duplicated our jam ready to install the vinyl weatherstripping now this one you do want to come pretty close to the ground it's vinyl so it won't rock I'm gonna cut this 182 and a quarter nip the rubber flap with some snips because this is vinyl we can cut it with our skill saw just make sure you set your depth so you don't have more blade than you need cutting sweet with our garage door down we're ready to install the weather stripping make sure your flap contacts the door and run the side flap underneath the top flap nail it off try to keep this reveal the same way all the way down so that's it we got our garage door jamb replaced we got a one with three put back and the vinyl weather stripping put back that'll keep out a router – all that's left to do is paint it if that's you go ahead and caulk and paint your color we're gonna have the trim coil wrap guy come back and install some new metal on this one so for home indoor ink this is Dustin I hope you learned something today and if you did don't forget to click subscribe thanks for watching

25 Comments

  • Anna Crabtree

    April 12, 2019

    Subscribed! My seller has wood rot on the inside of the interior garage wood frame; at the bottom. Can you cut out just what is rotten and replace a section on the bottom?

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  • Jonathan Strong

    April 12, 2019

    Hey Dustin – Thanks for posting this video. The garage door jambs around my two garage doors have rotted pretty badly. As much DIY work as I generally tackle, I never worked on garage door framing, so I was a bit hesitant to remove the exterior jamb until I could be sure it wasn't structural support. I've been searching quite a bit online, and frankly I've been amazed at how little info there is that covers the kind of garage door jamb construction and replacement that you show in your video. Glad to find yours, as it's the closest I've seen to my own situation. In our case, we've got 7' doors, with the 45 degree top corners instead of a plain rectangular opening. The jambs are very similar to the 2 x 6's in your video — but mine have a 2 x 10 profile. I just picked up half a dozen 2 x 10 x 8 pressure treated boards for these — I'll let them dry out before painting, or possibly cover with cpvc board.

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  • Mike OBryan

    April 12, 2019

    What keeps water from running under that gab and rotting the sill plate?

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  • Frederick Williams

    April 12, 2019

    Great video, very helpful and well done.

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  • derby1251 Glenn

    April 12, 2019

    Your 2×6 board should have been primed on all sides and ends especially because this is a damp location that has rotted before.

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  • Sara Nelson

    April 12, 2019

    Thank you for the video.

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  • Snacky McGoo

    April 12, 2019

    Sigh… Experienced people always make stuff look so easy. Thanks for vid.

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  • Joshua Fowler

    April 12, 2019

    Hi Dustin, I've got a rotted header that looks like it was the result of a missing drip edge. I'm not sure if this is common. Have you seen this before? The header and jamb are both rotted. Any recommendations?

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  • Devell Wilson

    April 12, 2019

    Thanks for the knowledge brother…

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  • Sahar Higgs

    April 12, 2019

    Can you tell me the type of wood you used for the replacement? Looks like 2x6x8 Pine?
    My handyman framed in my carport with pressure treated wood and I'd like him to replace with a more finished wood that I can paint.

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  • Z Stone

    April 12, 2019

    You make it look easy, that's for sure. But, still, somehow, I can't imagine myself being able to do it and do it right. A bit above my dollhouse-making skill level, I'd say!

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  • DeviantSpark1

    April 12, 2019

    What kind of paint would you use on the metal wrap?

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  • J G

    April 12, 2019

    Hey Justin – if he customer then asked you to do the finishing (painting, etc) – how would you bill for that?? Or would you just throw that in? Also – what if they asked you AFTER the repair, would you bid it like a separate job or just update the final invoice?

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  • Jean-Pierre White

    April 12, 2019

    Great video. Thanks for showing how it all fits together. Easier than I thought.

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  • David & KeriAnne Richards

    April 12, 2019

    Just wanted to say thanks for taking the time to do this stuff…you just helped me replace an exterior door…with no level! Works perfectly. PS…in another universe you could be Jack Black! Thanks again!

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  • juggernautt888

    April 12, 2019

    Thanks for the Info. Plan on doing this myself instead of paying someone

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  • KillaMC305

    April 12, 2019

    that doesn't look too easy ?

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  • Mcafton

    April 12, 2019

    great video! my top jamb is rotted and hopefully the header and everything else is ok. The metal wrap had sagged and water and ants had gotten in. rather than trying to mess with wrap, I am gonna replace the side and top jambs with pressure treated wood and then once it cures, paint. hoping that is the extent of the damage.

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  • craftychild

    April 12, 2019

    what is a fair price to pay a contractor to cut out pieces that are rotten and wrap on metal? There is rot at the bottom two sides and across the top in the middle where they were originally pieced together. Can anyone help?

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  • sandw08 amos

    April 12, 2019

    Where can you find metal wrapping to replace the damaged pieces? Is it aluminum material? Everything I'm reading says not to put aluminum directly on pressure treated wood. Thank you! Very helpful video.

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  • Mrs. White

    April 12, 2019

    Thank you! I needed this info, I'm replacing my garage door jambs this weekend "HOPEFULLY" ?

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  • Rodney Thompson

    April 12, 2019

    Thanks for this video! It was very helpful!

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  • Romelia Polly

    April 12, 2019

    You can use woodprix instructions to build it yourself guys.

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  • John Morales

    April 12, 2019

    thank you!!!!!!!

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  • Kathern Pernell

    April 12, 2019

    My works too. Used woodprix handbooks and build it with no problems.

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