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ldudley 09-03-2012 09:03 AM

carpentry: How To Level & Plumb An Exterior Door?
How do you level an exterior door? what kind of shims do you use?

Hammer450R 09-03-2012 09:14 AM

You can use cedar shims.

Firs i level the head of the door and shim bottom to make level.
Then If the side frame jambs are close to plumb I center the top with shims and nail.
Then i adjust bottom side to side to get the reveal at the top of the door perfect. Shim and nail.

Exterior door you can hide a screw or nail behind the weather stripping.

joecaption 09-03-2012 10:26 AM

The most important one when first installing is the bottom.
If it's off the whole door will be off. The whole door will rack causing all the exposures to be off.
How far off it it?
Just lay a 2' level on the floor and lift it untill it's level and take a measurement.

I hate to see someone try to use shims under a threshold. Reasons being, then the threshold is not making 100% contact with the subfloor it will flex bend or twist when steped on causing the seals on the ends to crack and leak.
It leaves gaps on the outside where water can get in.

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