Door Installation Tips

Strategies for installing replacement doors

Installing doors is a fairly straightforward process, but even so, there are a lot of hints and tricks you can use to make the job easier. If you're new to the world of DIY home improvement and don't have a lot of experience, these tips will help you get the job done right the first time if you're hanging exterior and interior replacement doors.

Tips for Installing Doors

One thing that trips up a lot of newbies is bottom clearance. You need to make sure your door will comfortably clear any rugs or carpeting that might run underneath them, and you'll want to test this before you hang the door to save yourself a lot of time. The trick here is to use spacers when you're setting your door jambs, and avoid letting the jambs contact the subfloor. This ensures there will be plenty of room for the door to open and close if you choose to add rugs or carpeting later on.

When it comes to exterior doors, you want them to be as strong as possible. While these doors are always made to be sturdier than interior doors, there's a simple trick you can use to make them even stronger, and that's to install hidden screws. You can do this by peeling back the weather stripping that runs along the latch side of the door, then sinking screws at regular intervals along the door's height.

If the door opening is slightly asymmetrical, there's a simple fix. First, check to see if the frame is misaligned by more than ¼ of an inch. If it is, simply move the studs which line both sides of the door frame to create a plumb frame.

Many older homes have sloping floors, and sometimes, even new houses can develop slopes in the floor as the construction settles. Check to make sure the floor is level before you install the door, and if it's not, simply cut the jambs to compensate for any variations in slope across the door frame.

These are just a few of the most common issues people have when hanging DIY replacement doors. By being mindful of these situations, you can save yourself a lot of time and trouble.