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Old 10-23-2009, 06:29 PM   #1
 
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Exterior door replacement


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We need two new exterior doors for our drafty 55 year old house....as well as tax credit providing some extra motivation. I priced out doors and storm doors they (HD) charges a minimum of $240 each to install. I'm pretty handy...added a new basement bathroom, redone a few kitchens, etc, but I've never tackled an exterior replacement door. I have installed an exterior door in a new construction scenario. I really don't want to pay $500-$600 for the door installs.

I measured the openings. The front door has brick around it, and is 39 1/2" wide. Seems like standard width is 40" so it should just be a case of trimming the brickmold.

I've watched several video's but they all seem to have comments like "make sure the door's reveal is even, if not you need to adjust". After that, big surprise, their reveal is perfect, and they move onto the next step. Are there video's out there where they troubleshoot when the door install does not go perfectly?

I understand the basic idea of installing a door, I have a lot of carpentry experience and tools. What I'm worried about are the unknowns that an experienced door installer would know, but would leave me with an open house while I'm trying to sort things out.

So is it as easy as the you tube video's suggest (i.e. AskTheBuilder)?

-Kevin
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Old 10-23-2009, 06:52 PM   #2
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Installing a door properly and having it continue to operate properly years down the road takes some skill and expertise. Even books and videos don't do a proper installation justice. For example, don't shim behind the hinges ever. Something you'll learn only by going to carpentry school. Doing so restricts you from ever adjusting the door should your house shift a couple of years down the road. That said, if you first make sure to level the threshold and then secondly plumb the hinge side, rest will fall into place. Do those things first and nothing else. Only attach the other side of the jamb after you have made sure that the door closes evenly against the weatherstripping. Chances are that your wall may not be in the same plane from one side of the door to another. I think you will do fine if you take your time and if you have questions, come here and ask away.
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One thing to add to JAROS post.

When installing into a brick opening--I first remove the brick mold. Install similarly to the above post .

I usually junk the pine brick mold and install Azeck (plastic) brick mold.
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Josh: I checked out the website...beautiful work. The areas I've had trouble with on my previous external door experience, have been how to properly correct things. Like how to correct it if the door does not press up against the weatherstripping evenly all the way around. Or how to deal with an out-of-plumb or out-of-plane door jam. I think those situations happen often to DIY'ers with older homes, but the video's and books don't cover a lot.

Mike: Thanks for the suggestion about the PVC brick mold...good idea. You'd still put some drip cap over top of that, right?
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Drip cap-Yes, Water proof under thresh with tar backed foil(sold in the window section of lumber yard)

Silicone under threshold. Blue foam(low expanding )in any gaps,after brick mold is installed.

A table saw is handy to make jamb extenders if the walls are thicker than the new jambs.

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