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Old 07-29-2012, 07:12 PM   #1
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Hi everyone. First timer here. Thanks for a great forum. I suspect this is an obvious question, but my attempts to search for this answer have turned up nothing.

I need to install metal security doors. The Home Depot guy says that all of their doors install by drilling into the house around the door frame. I have stucco that goes right up to the door (no trim). Do I need to somehow protect against water intrusion by using some sort of sealant or flashing? Or will the bolt itself close up the hole? I was planning to borrow a hammer drill to drill the holes. Any other advice is welcome. Thanks!

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Hi everyone. First timer here. Thanks for a great forum. I suspect this is an obvious question, but my attempts to search for this answer have turned up nothing.

I need to install metal security doors. The Home Depot guy says that all of their doors install by drilling into the house around the door frame. I have stucco that goes right up to the door (no trim). Do I need to somehow protect against water intrusion by using some sort of sealant or flashing? Or will the bolt itself close up the hole? I was planning to borrow a hammer drill to drill the holes. Any other advice is welcome. Thanks!

I know this is not stucco but it will give you an insight of what you need to do and the tools required for the job. http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-install-a-pre-hung-exterior-door/index.html

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Thanks, epson. To update, someone else has advised that it probably doesn't matter but that if I really want to be safe, I could squirt some silicone caulk in the hole and on the bolt. I'll probably try that if nobody advises otherwise. Thanks again.
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The thief used a crowbar to break the door frame, which is made of wood. A metal security door is something like this --
http://www.homedepot.com/Doors-Windo...kuId=202766477

It gets bolted to the concrete exterior with one-way screws. It consists of metal mesh welded to steel bars. To crowbar the door, the thief would have to first remove it or break it off from the house.
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