How to remove a door jamb

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How to remove a door jamb

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Project Overview

The door jamb is the timber frame that surrounds a doorway. We will show you how to pry the sides of the jamb off and a quick way to remove the header plate. You will also learn about the tools you can use to make the job easier.
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Time Required

Quick Fix

Quick Fix

A quick fix project usually takes around 1-2 hours


Step by Step Instructions

1 Pry off the sides of the door jamb
2 Remove the door jamb
  • Step 1. Pry off the sides of the door jamb

    Insert a wrecking bar into the gap between the door jamb and the wall. Start on one side down near the bottom and work your way up, prying the timber off as you go. Once the first side is off, do the same on the other side. If you can’t find a gap, you may need to remove some architrave first. If so, check out our How to remove architraves video.
  • Step 2. Remove the door jamb

    Once the sides have been pried loose, tilt them in towards the centre. Then, using them as handles, push and pull the whole door jamb until the top of the jamb comes loose from its nails. Finish the job by knocking any loose nails down or pulling them out with your claw hammer.

Tools and Materials


  • Gloves
  • Hammer
  • Safety glasses
  • Wrecking bar

Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.
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