Instructions for Installing an Interior Door
By Mark J. Donovan
||Installing an Interior Door is a relatively easy task. First, I recommend buying pre-hung doors with extension jambs. These are interior doors that have the trim already attached. Using Pre-hung doors makes the task of installing interior doors relatively simple.
When unpacking the door you will see that the door can be separated into two pieces. The first section you will want to install is the section that contains the door itself.
Installing Interior Door
Place the door into the opening. The rough opening of the doorway should be about 2-3 inches wider than the door frame that you are installing.
Then put a 1/8th or 1/4″ shim under the door, on the side where the hinges are. This will help in the leveling process.
Put a nail about one foot off the ground on the hinge side. The side that you just shimmed. Do not sink the nail, just in case you have to remove it later when squaring the door.
Finally, place the level on the non-hinge side of the door and adjust the frame so that it is level. Put a nail into the top and bottom of this frame. Do not sink it.
|Installing Interior Door – Testing Phase
Now try opening and closing the door. It should swing freely and close nicely with about a 1/8 inch gap showing between the door itself and the non-hinge side of the door. If not, you may have to make some minor adjustments. That’s why you don’t want to sink these initial nails.
If the door works smoothly then sink these nails and add 2 more nails to each side. You should also ensure that you have 3 nails across the top.
Once this is done, the other half of the door frame (the trim piece for the back side of the door) should slide into the grooves easily of the portion of the door frame that you just installed. Simply sink some nails into this half and you are ready to install the door hardware and interior door trim.
For information on how to install interior door trim, see the “Installing Interior Door Trim” eBook from HomeAdditionPlus.com. The “Installing Interior Door Trim” eBook provides step-by-step instructions on how to install interior door trim. Pictures are included for every key step in the process.
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