View Full Version : L-metal tolerance around existing door frames

06-02-2004, 11:13 AM
Hi, I'm a gc just finishing a first floor eichler remodel in which we have installed offset L-metal around the existing door frames in lieu of casing.

My customer has looked at the L-metal and complained about it being uneven. We reviewed and have redone the L-metal at eight locations. Now the client would like us to do even more.

Since the frames are existing and out of plumb, what is a fair tolerance for the off-set between the L-metal and doorframe?

Thank you for your comments.


06-03-2004, 09:58 PM
I have never heard of any listed tolerances.

I have seen others try what you are describing and they all seem to have the same problem. The end result never looks real good. For wood trim such as casing I allow only about 1/16" to 3/32"

06-04-2004, 12:29 AM
L-metal is the *ultra low end* alternative to casing. I'm in a position to refuse using it - but not everyone is so lucky.

Since the existing frames are out of plumb - It would be almost impossible to specify a tolerance.

Perhaps you could look at a apartment remodel elsewhere.