In this post I will be discussing how to cut a doorjamb for a laminate installation. I will also show you 3 different tools that you can use to achieve this. This step is really quite simple to do, but so many DIY’ers skip it.
Why it’s important to cut your doorjambs
First of all, the absolute most important reason why you should learn how to cut doorjambs is because it will give your floor a great look. It will look like it was done by a pro. I walk into a house and I can tell you within a couple of minutes if the flooring was professionally installed or a DIY’er did it.
If you don’t undercut the doorjambs it just looks terrible. It will SCREAM I did it myself and yes everyone will notice it.
The second reason you should learn how to cut doorjambs is that if you don’t run the laminate under the jambs it will not have the proper gaps to move. The floor will move I guarantee it!! Most of the time when someone does not cut the doorjambs they try to cut the laminate tight to them. This is an absolute NO NO!
So this is how you do it
Now that we established that they need to be cut let’s discuss how to cut them. First of all you will need a scrap of laminate and then a scrap of the pad that will go under the laminate. You will need to both of these to cut the proper height of the jamb. If you do this without the pad then the jamb will be too tight for the laminate to flow freely. You can use a variety of tools and I will show them in the video below.
The one I highly recommend is the oscillating saw, This gets into the tightest corners and it leaves the nicest looking cut. Plus this tool is a multi purpose tool and every man should own one. Whoever invented this tool has my blessing to live the rest of his without ever worrying about money. Give him millions cause this tool is just amazing!! Here is a really good saw and it’s not too spendy.
I own this one
These are the blades I use
The reason for that is because if you hit a nail with a standard wood blade, the blade will be toast. So unless I have some thick wood or a large area of wood to cut I use the bi metal.
Video – How to cut a doorjamb
Here is the video and it will show all you need to know about how to cut a doorjamb.
Be sure to watch the rest of my videos on laminate installation.More videos here
Prayer is the key to any problem! Even a problem with a DIY project. Just ask and He will help.
Joe, just a question about door jambs and cutting them out, are you cutting right to the wall stud or plaster and if so, is there any concern that door weight might require some packing to allow the jamb to rest on the laminate should it decide to move down a tad as it appears the door weight might cause the jam to drop.
That should read “jamb” not the brekky one, its lunchtime here.
Also the email address has changed for your info, thanks.
No. The jamb will stay up so no need to do anything else. Even if it did drop the floor would still move. I just cut it so it goes under the jamb and not touching anything under it. Bob check out laminate university. All my videos are in there most of which are not on youtube. It is my best stuff and the info in there will help you greatly. Here is a link.