After removing the old jamb the rough opening height will be 81 1/2." The instructions call for a rough opening of 82 1/4. The replacemnet door height is exactly 81 1/2." Do I need to have more space on top or should I try to make the new door fit even if it will be real snug?
You should have at least a quarter inch clearance. Otherwise you are aforcing a trim item to act as a structural member. any movement or settling in the framing will transmit through the jamb to ruin the fit and operation of the door. Sawsall or chisle a little material off the header above. I would not recommend this if it were more but this small amt should not effect the load bearing capacity.
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