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Old 01-01-2011, 03:11 PM   #1
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We are installing an exterior door and can't get the door to open and close easily. The opening on the bottom is bigger than the opening on the top. Help before we loose it

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Old 01-01-2011, 08:08 PM   #2
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Do you know the steps to installing a door? are you making sure the door is plumb/level/square...

start by leveling the door with shims under the sill (make sure you put down caulking as well)

then shim the door centred in the opening at the top of the door.

Next start with hinge side, make sure it is level both ways, along the wall (preferably as flush with the drywall as possibly, depending on how plumb your wall is) and plumb the jamb in the RO. Use wood shims in the jamb, screw at each hinge (I usually take a screw out of the hinge and screw through hinge, into shims to keep in place.

Next close door, what I do is shim strke jamb to proper positioning using door (door should be plumb as hinge side is plumb now) hinge and screw (i usually pull the weather stripping back and insert screws where they will be covered by weatherstripping)

Thats the technique I use and and it works for me. since it is a prehung door, the door should close in the jamb with no problems, make sure door is level, plumb, and is centered in the opening or close to it (you dont want it tight against a stud, especially one that is out of plumb)

thats what I can tell you with, any more details on the problem would be helpful for a more specific answer.

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Old 01-01-2011, 08:37 PM   #3
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A picture would help......

Nice detail, Chris.

Did you shim lower/higher than the fasteners to change the reveal?

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Thanks Gary

Usually I start at the top, shim to nice reveal, screw through shims, work my way down, do any adjustments -tighten/loosen screws.

I find screwing through the shim works for me as it helps keep them in place, although I know lots of people who do it the other way, personal preference i guess...Hope that makes sense

It would help if the OP cleared a few things-pic would be the best-I am assuming it is a pre-hung hinged door, not a slider, etc.

When they talk about the opening, I am assuming they are talking about the doorframe itself, not the RO
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Old 01-02-2011, 10:23 AM   #5
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We are installing an exterior door and can't get the door to open and close easily. The opening on the bottom is bigger than the opening on the top. Help before we loose it
Are you installing just a new door in an old frame? It's hard to do what you describe with a prehung door.
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