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Installing a door


 

Installing a new interior door can be easy or not, depending on the type of door you buy. While it is certainly possible to hang an individual door, these days the most popular doors are prehung units where the door panel is mounted on the jambs, holes for the lockset are pre drilled, and in some cases, molding is attached to one side of the jambs. Many different door designs are available this way, so prehung models are the default units for professionals and do-it-yourselfers and are the type we show here.

 

 

 

Step 1. Check the rough door opening for level and plumb, and make sure the drywall is firmly attached to the framing. Use drywall screws to tighten any gaps. You can finish the drywall either before or after installing the door. Here, the walls will be finished afterwards.

 

Step 2. Usually prehung doors come with diagonal bracing nailed in place to keep the doors square during installation. But if these braces are missing, install new ones. First check where the top of the door meets the head jamb with a framing square. When the parts are square, nail two braces in place.

 

Step 3. Tip the door unit into the rough opening so the ends of the diagonal braces bear against the wall. Then slide wood shingle shims between the doorjambs and the wall framing to hold the door in place.

Step 4. Check the side jambs for plumb and the head jamb for level. Install shims where needed to keep these boards properly aligned. Install the shims in pairs so you can make fine adjustments.

 

Step 5. Once the jambs are all shimmed, nail them to the framing using 10d finishing nails. Set the nailheads; check the jambs with the level again; then fill the nailholes with wood filler.

 

Step 6. Once the door is hung in the opening, remove the diagonal braces and check for proper operation. When satisfied, attach casing trim boards to the jambs. Cut miter joints at the top corners. Install a lockset in the predrilled hole following the manufacturer’s directions.

 

ADJUSTING BYPASS DOORS

 

Tighten mounting screws in the overhead door tracks—even those carrying light, hollow-core interior doors. The tracks can work loose and cause sagging.

 

 

Most bypassing hardware has an adjustment screw on the back for raising or lowering the door.

 

 

 

 

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