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Old 05-10-2012, 06:01 PM   #1
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Installing new front door...... Any tips ?????


Well guys I'm doing a new project , I'm installing a new front door and I was wondering if you guys have any tips for example the door is not screw to the frame, do I install the frame first or first screw the door hinges to the frame and then install the door. Second my screws for the door hinges are 1 inch long , the door place that sold me the door recommended to use 3 inch concrete screws that way the screw goes through the hinges ,door frame and hits the concrete . What are your thoughts on this ? Also my dad told me to put some glue on the hole where the screws go . Any tips ?

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Old 05-10-2012, 07:33 PM   #2
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Need a picture.
You do plan on a prehung door not a slab right?

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You lost me , what's the difference ?
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:31 PM   #4
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A slab is just the door, no jambs.
Prehung comes all assembled, just slid it in place.
Trying to get a slab door to fit an existing door opening is a royal pain and would take longer to do in most cases then a prehung and may not seal as well.
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Ok its pre Hung then
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Old 05-10-2012, 08:43 PM   #6
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Without a picture it's hard to give you tips on how to do it.

In my opion the best doors are vinyl jambs, vinyl brick molding, fiberglass door, adjustable sills.
That way there's no rot, no more painting, if the floors not level the sill can be adjusted.
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Old 05-10-2012, 09:12 PM   #7
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Ok this is the pictures shows the door the frame on the left and then the sidelight witch I have to attach to the frame so its one peace
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This is where is going and should end up looking like this
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The door is fiberglass with a PVC frame , I just kind of confuse on how to put everything together , should I attach the side light to the frame first then install the frame with the side light and at the end attach the door with the hinges ...?
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Your going to have a mess on your hands trying to get all this to work and not leak.

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Ok thank you for that but the fact of the matter is that I have to get it to work and this is my project. Thats why I'm asking for help in the forum the door was taking apart for paint and now is all disassemble there for I need to know what's the smartest way in tackling this project .
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That step is an issue, I’d start by getting rid of it as is and have the step up right under the threshold, then you can have a door pan flashing made at any sheet metal shop as a one piece unit to for both the door and the sidelight to sit on. That will keep water from getting in at the bottom.

Is your new sidelight the same height as the new door?

How about height and width of the new units compared to the opening you have now?

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The sidelight is the same height as the door frame , basically from what I see I have to put everything together first connect the sidelight to the frame I was going to glue it and then screw it with drywall screws , then I was going to attach the door to the hinges , that way everything is in one piece . As far as the threshold I don't have a water problem I'm going to just let the door sit on the concrete slab and then just tile around it .... This door frame is1/2 inch thiner from the original door
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Do not use drywall screws there. They will rust eventually. At the very least, you should provide a sill flashing, even if it is just tape and not metal.

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