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Old 08-14-2007, 11:45 PM   #1
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It looks like I'm finally going to be installing our new front door this weekend. It's a mahoganny door with 2 sidelights. Do I use 16d finish nails through the jambs of the sidelights or should I use the same method and countersink screws instead? Is there a better way to accomplish this?
Should I rehang the door in the jamb before I put it into place?
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You're going to need the door in the jamb to check reveals, lock lineup and how it closes. You can do the initial setup without the door for ease of handling, but for the shimming process, the door needs to be hung.
If the frame is mahogany I would use the finish nails. Filled wood never looks like real wood when stained.
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Most entry door warranties require 6-8 screws in the jamb (3-4 on each side).
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Most entry door warranties require 6-8 screws in the jamb (3-4 on each side).
Even if a person doesn't care about the warranty, that is the proper way to install main entry doors - with galvanized or coated (exterior rated) screws.

We usually temp the door in-place with a 15g gun (galv. nails), then install the screws.
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You can generally hide the half of the screws under the weatherstripping. Sounds like an expensive door to hang with wire only.
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I install ALL exterior doors with screws. I actually helped my bro in law install a double mahogany entry door (no astrigal) with dual sidelights, custom jamb... all one piece. Hand handles bolted on both sides... and two of us barely got it up the front steps. It came out awesome and hasnt moved a bit though. good luck!
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I didn't get around to install my new door as planned, too many family obligations. This door has two sidelights so there's no weather seal to hide the screws behind. Where can I put screws that won't be seen?
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Without seeing the door it is hard to say. You can see if there is any 1/4 round that might be removed and screws placed behind it then re-attached. Also you might try cutting plugs from mahogany and use them to plug the holes left by the screws. As stated before using filler will show as filled holes. Plugs are much less conspicuous.
Atlantic might have some more thoughts on this.
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I think I've got a good idea... I'm going to use framing angles to add a nailing flange to the exterior side. I don't have to worry about hiding any fasteners that way.
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Nice idea but it won't work. The frame will still move. Maybe if you made a flange for inside and out and fastened the shims to the studs first it might work. Sounds very iffy though.

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