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Do It Yourself - How to Install a Door

     

These Do It Yourself videos are provided as a service from NY Home Contractors. The information in this DIY site is intended to simplify jobs around the house and home. The tools, techniques, and local building codes change; therefore, NY Home Contractors and its owners assume no liability for omissions, errors or the outcome of any project. The reader must always exercise reasonable caution, follow current codes and regulations that may apply, if in doubt consult with a licensed professional.

How to Install and Replace a Door - Step by Step Preparation

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The following video will review how to install an exterior door. 1. To install an exterior door, first check to see if the rough opening is correct. The width of the opening should be 2" wider than the door itself (38" for a 36" door, 34" for a 32" door). For a rough opening height 83" will suffice for most door manufacturers. Also check to see if the framing and floor is reasonably plumb. 2.Door installation is easier with two people but can be done alone. Put the door in the opening from the outside. If you are working alone, tack the door to the wall through the brick moulding, not driving the nails home. Use galvanized ring shank splitless nails that are used for cedar siding. They don't split the wood and the smaller heads are not as obvious to the eye. 3. With the door tacked in the opening, go to the inside of the door and check the reveals around the door. There should be about an eighth of an inch all around the door. Shim the jambs of the door so the reveals are right. Check the door jamb on the hinge side for plumb. If it is not plumb, then the floor is out of level. One jamb leg or the other will need to be shimmed so the threshold is level. Now re-adjust the reveals by moving the door and jambs sideways in the opening to a point where the reveals are right. 4. Once the door and jamb are in position, shim the jamb at each hinge and at the strike, top and bottom on the strike side. Nail the shims in place by nailing through the jamb, through the shims and into the framing. Check the door swing to see if it opens and closes properly. If all is well, go outside and nail through the brick moulding using the splitless nails to nail the door frame to the house. 5. Most door manufacturers provide long screws that replace some of the shorter screws in the hinges on the jamb. The top hinge is the most important place to use one or two of these screws. These screws go through the jamb and into the framing and keep the door from sagging over time. 6. Now caulk the door from the outside. 7. Most doors come with an adjustable threshold. This may have to be adjusted up or down to create an airtight seal. 8. Caulk the inside of the door 9. With the door securely in the opening, it is ready for door hardware installation.

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