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Old 10-24-2011, 07:15 PM   #1
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I have had a french door installed. On the inside of the house the entire door is about 1/4 inch back from the surrounding drywall. ( you could lay a paper over the drywall on each side and not touch the door.) On the outside of the house the door looks pretty good except for the bottom of the door. The part that you would step on as you walk in the door is not totally sitting over wood. There seem to be about two to three inches of what I will call a door jam suspended in air.
The door had fins which were nailed into the exterior wall. The door works pretty good but you have to push it hard to get it to close. I am worried about the bottom jam part not having any support. Is that normal or do I need to get the installer to try again.


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Old 10-24-2011, 07:19 PM   #2
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Is that normal or do I need to get the installer to try again.
Well I wouldn't trust the old installer again, that's for sure.



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Old 10-24-2011, 07:20 PM   #3
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The door should not be hard to close. The inside finish can be dealt with when you install the finish trim there. Without any pictures, we are clueless to what is going on at the bottom.
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ok, sounds like the door has a nailing flange. and the metal sil is quite flimsy.

almost all door manufacturers will state on the installation instructions that the sil must be supported, which means that metal peice needs a peice of wood installed directly underneath it so it doesnt snap off

in regards to teh door not closing very easy, first thing that comes to mind is that the framing is out of plumb so the rough opening has a wind in it. the installer made sure to keep the brick mould and nailing flange tight to the wall which twisted the door frame.. which is probably whats making it hard to close the door

the drywall thing is a extremely minor problem, all thats causing that is that the new door jamb isnt deep enough to match the face of the drywall for trim. all thats needed here is to rip some jamb extensions so the trim will lie flat on the drywall and create no gaps between it and the door frame. this is extremely common with new exterior doors and modern framing techniqes. nothing a table saw wont solve . so its not going to affect the operation of the door.
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I will take a picture of it tomorrow. Thanks
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