Three Easy Parts To Hang An Exterior Door
Hanging or installing an exterior door is not an easy task to perform yourself, but don't worry here you will find the easy way of hanging your exterior door. Go through three easy parts mentioned below and get the desired result of your work.
Part 1: Preparing The Door
- Tools: Start the process by gathering the tools, in the process, the user is going to need a number of tools, so it's very important to have all the tools before starting the process. The tools that will be needed are leveler, caulk, hammer and nails, nail set, screwdriver, tape measure or ruler, insulation, wood shims.
- New Door: Before going for the process of ripping the old door out of its frame, the user should get the new door. The size and type of the door, as well as the door, will depend on the needs of the user. The wooden doors look nicer, but they are not weather-resistant as fiberglass or steel doors are. The Steel doors also tend to be less expensive.
- Check: Before fitting the new door its good to check that whether the new door will fit. Simply take the measurements of the old door and apply the same measurements to the new door. Measure to check the width, height and also the width of the doorjamb.
- Interior And Exterior Trim: Remove all the trim on interior as well as on exterior. Under this, the user needs to remove the door, existing exterior trim as well as the old insulation. Before the user can remove the door and mainframe, its important to cut out the caulking, remove all the interior and exterior trim, and also the nailing boards that are around the exterior of the frame and also remove any shims or nails that may be sticking out of the trimmer studs. In order to minimize dust during the demolition process, it is advisable to remove the door at the end of the process before extracting the mainframe. With the help of the hammer and a screwdriver, remove the hinge pins to detach the old door.
- Rough Opening: Make a rough opening around frame. To do this simply measure the width between all the side jambs, the head jamb to the seal as well as the wall thickness. Its highly advisable to keep the rough opening to a minimum of 1 inch wider and also taller as compared to outside of the door system that will be installing.
- Level: Its important to make sure that everything is leveled. Everything is at a level while working to use the leveler. If in case the things are leveled then the end result may be tilted door or frame. The user needs to particularly check the hinge side which should be at level.
Part 2: Fitting
- Dry-fit: Before going for the fitting new exterior door, its good to go for dry fit. This simply means that place the new door where it's going to be fixed, the dry fit will help to make sure that everything is going to fit properly at the right place. In case of any problems at this stage such as the door doesn't fit, or the things is not even then deal with those errors first.
- Caulk: Along the front as well as the rear edges of the sub sill, apply two thick beads of caulk at the place where the sill will be placed. Continue applying the caulk 2 inches up the sides of the rough framing. The caulk is important for weather-proofing of the door opening.
- Insert Door Into Opening: The best way of doing this is to first place the bottom of the door by tilting the top in the outwards direction, then gently slide the door into place. It is advisable to start working from outside while inserting the door into the opening frame.
- Shim: For the rest of the door-frame place shims on the hinge side of the door, where hinges will be attached to the door frame. This will help to secure the door to the rough opening.
- Secure Temporarily: After all of the adjustments, now secure the door temporarily, with the help of 16d finishing nails. Do not put the nails all the way in.
Part 3: Finishing The Exterior Door
- Swing: The door should open and close smoothly. Some of the pre-hung doors come with an adjustable sill, which is very useful in case the door is not adjusted perfectly.
- Secure Door Jambs: For securing the door jambs use 3-inch screws through the shims at the hinge sides on the hinge jamb. For the remaining jambs secure it all the way around the door.
- Install Insulation: Atlast finish the job by installing loosely packed, fiberglass insulation all around the edges of the door frame.