Real-world strategies for hanging doors

Real-world tips for hanging doors

Shim before the door goes in

the hinge side .is inconvenient. It is a lot easier to shim the hinge side of the rough opening before you place in lhe door frame. Measure lho width of the rough opening before you begin shimming to see bow much shim space is accessible. Lf the rough opening is extra broad, you may use shims that are fewer by tacking scraps of 1/2-in. plywood in the hinge places firsl, and then add shims to plumb the jamb.

SHIM THE EASY METHOD: Indicate the precise location of the hinges on the drywall alongside the opening so that you’ll understand where to place the shims. Place shims at the top and bottom hinge locationsusing a long amount or a straight board along with a short amount.

Make sure that your exterior door clears the carpet

Most of the time, you can simply place your new exterior door frame right on the subfloor as well as the door will easily clear carpeting or a throw rug. But if the floor will undoubtedly be built up with an extra layer of wood, thick carpeting or tile, or if you are replacing an old door with a thick sill, you could have a problem. And there’s no alternative that is simple after the door is installed. You can not just trim the bottom, because then the door won’t seal against the sill. To prevent this issue, before you install it, add a spacer below the door. The key is to determine where the top of the tile, carpeting or throw rug is going to be, and then raise the door frame to leave about a 1/2 -in. space below the doorway.

AVOID CLEARANCE ISSUES: Screw a strip of plywood to the base of the rough opening to lift the door and prevent It from rubbing the ground Inside.

Place interior jambs on spacers

Should you place the doorjambs directly in the subfloor, there’s a good opportunity the door will rub against the carpeting later. Of course, you can cut off the bottom of the doors, but it is easy to prevent this additional work by planning ahead. Determine the thickness of the finish flooring and then compute where the door’s bottom will be. Plan the setup there will be about 1/2 to 3/4 in. of space below the doorway. Usually placing the doorjambs on bits of 3/8- to 1/2-in.-thick trim will set the door at the right height. Can enable you to monitor the temperature Honeywell Thermostat Manual.

CONCEAL THE SCREWS: Pull back where they will be hidden, or remove the weather strip on the latch side of the door frame and drive screws.

Hidden screws make exterior doors stronger

There are many benefits to using screws rather than nails to install exterior doors. They can be corrected and will not easily pull out or loosen. However, you do not need to leave the job of filling large, awful screw holes to the painter. The trick is to hide the screws under tho weather stripping on the latch side. In the hinge side, you can simply replace one screw in each hinge with a matching 3-in.-long screw. Consistently start by drilling a clearance hole that allows the screw to slide in and out of the hole. This allows for alteration if needed, and guarantees the screw will pull the jamb to the shims. Don’t let the spinning screw rub the weather strip-it will slit through.

AVOID TRIMMING DOOR BOTTOMS: Raise doorjambs with scraps of trimming to be sure the carpeting will be cleared by the door.

Tune the rough opening up

Twisted or out-of-plumb rough openings lift havoc with door installments. The door is likely to swing open or shut on its own, if you install the jambs to follow the walls. In the flip side, if you plumb the jambs against the outof- plumb rough opening, the trim will be challenging to install. So long as flooring n’t holds in place the underside of the wall, there’s a straightforward remedy. Merely move the studs on either side of the opening back to plumb. Do not think you can do this with your trim hammer, however. You’ll need a sledgehammer or a maul.

1 CHECK FOR PLUMB: Assess both sides of the door opening. If they’re more than 114 in. out of plumb, correct them before you install the door.

2 NUDGE THE WALL: Protect the wall with a 2×4 scrap while the bottom of the wall moves over with a sledgehammer.

Reduce the bottom the top

Old houses have a reputation for having sloping floors. Some newer houses settle in surprising ways. This is crucial in case you’re installing a door over existing flooring where the jambs have to fit tightly to the ground.

Hide screws behind the hinges

Screws are better because nails can work loose for securing the hinge jamb. You can easily replace one of the short hinge screws using a screw that is long. But it might be difficult to find a strong screw that matches the other screws. Here’s a trick we learned. Hide tho screw supporting the hinge. Tt only lakes a minute or two to remove all of the hinges and gain access to this region. Then you can certainly drive a self-drilling screw through the jamb wilh ease. Be sure the jamb is straight and plumb before you reinstall the hinges.