How to Install A Pre Hung Door | 3 Different WaysJun 01, 2021
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We are talking about interior
doors in all my years and renovations. I've seen a lot of
differenttechniques. some of them work, some of them don't, but there are three specifically that are great for DIY homeowners because you get a good result in all three different instances, so there are three techniques that I'm going to show you today. e strongest the easiest and then the cheapest ok so we're going to start with the strongest door because it's like a hanging buttered bread door ok if it's solid core or hollow core it won't make a difference this technique will hold your weight and it's basically old school right we are using a level to plumb the frame we are using a square to make sure everything is right we are using wood shims we are using long screws basic typical type of construction style ok ok So what we want to do to start is take apart our pre-
hungdoor, you know what they got here?
Oh, we have a new system that supports this, there you go, now leave it to the manufacturers so they al
wayscome up with new stupid things. ways to try to put these plugs there we go and then you have to pop your pins there we go alright let's get rid of our slab for now we'll get back to that in a minute just because pre-
hungdoors don't mean you want to leave it in the door frame while you work , Yes, not much. I beg for mercy, okay, let's talk about the doors real quick because he wants to get an idea of what's going on.
This is a thirty inch hole that is gaping raw. The wood, so we have a 28-inch door. /8 of an inch, which is only a few millimeters of mercy if it's not level or p.m. So what we do is we put this against the frame with its nice long five six foot level and now I have to go almost to the other side to get that plumb which is great so now we want to check here. look what the condition of the door is if i Wow now if you're building it yourself leave the full two inches don't cheat inevitably this is what happens so now i'm here strapped against the wall we know from that corner to the bottom top of this I have to pull I'm crooked in the frame now and this has enough room I'm going to have just a hair to get the wall jamb out at the bottom Who's lucky? it was close if it doesn't fit the hole you have to take your slab grab your portable planer you have to resize the door to fit the hole you're stuck in so make sure you frame your holes big enough luckily on this work that we take to clean up someone else's mess halfway is not my favorite way to work but it's a great learning opportunity so what we're going to do in this situation is now we know our door will fit, it will be plumb and there will be plenty of room but you also want to make sure it's level on the bottom now if you have a shorter level it might be beneficial here let's look over and see what we're looking at this is sagging on this side okay what that means is we're going to take a wedge and we're going to prop this up, why am I talking? about it, let's just show it.
I'm in the hole relatively square and I'm just getting started right and I know this is really low and if this is low that means this isn't going to be square so if I put my right and I can lift it up and it's square and about a quarter inch up so we're going to drop it on the floor we're going to use it to space it out until I'm really happy so now I have my spacer because we're here all twisted up. I need 14 hands again. I'll keep it in place now. There's a couple different ways to do this guys, so feel free. ee if you have a door where you can remove the interior door jamb this is the door stop that is ok and usually comes separate there are models out there like masonite makes the door the door stop is molded in and not you can remove it so what I'm doing is I'm using a three inch screw and I'm starting to flush with the front edge and I'm going to raise this door about 32 inches off the ground so it doesn't have direct contact with the concrete now I don't have any reason to assume this is going to be plumb no it isn't if you take shims from two different directions and put them together in the middle of a door like this and you get a nice square door you only come from one side you will rotate the frame ok , so it's very important wherever you can come from two different directions ok throw your position on your level now this is fun because levels are usually made so they fit nicely between the door stop and the hinge pin and you can actually go through all three hinges check your level ok that was a big guess here we go here's the fun part push a little more on the shim before i do this when i'm setting my screw right behind. the fit is fine and the idea here behind why this is so high up is because it's comfortable.
I'm getting old so this is where I stand. I mean this is not rocket science. above just to help stabilize this because what happens over time is if areas like this are not taken care of well and properly they will move and that's where your door will end up getting stuck so we're just going to make sure it's nice and tight beautiful driving our last screw on this side hi i want to be careful with the rotating wedges ok its actually quite dangerous now theres just a couple of targets you want to hit here you want your jam flush to your wall ok on top too and at the bottom and you want to ge On this plumb you can check the work with your square and it should be pretty perfect just a little warning here this is really dangerous and when i have a scar on my hand from doing this one day yeah , I cut the wedge and held it like this and I took out the Shin I don't know what I was thinking in my hand that was interesting in the hospital, so I drove and had a coffee in the cafeteria on the way to the hospital. ital because you know in Canada you're going to be sitting there for a while we don't have any hospital with a sign outside saying guaranteed five minute wait time for us it might be three to five hours but thank god it's free I guess that's our consolation prize ok anyway i get it to the hospital and they had paramedics there doing triage that even all the kids from school and because i use my duct tape to close the window and i was able to walk and undo the duct tape and open my hand and they were able to see the inside of my hand another good reason to use duct tape because they always want to diagnose the problem before putting you in a waiting room for treatment.
I was able to take my tape and just wrap it all up again to keep it from bleeding beautiful here we go now this is where this gets interesting now that you have the hinge side of the door set it's plumb it's flush it's square everything ok you hang the door again and then you just fish this side so everything fits even if it's a little bit out of square a little bit out of plumb once this is set you hang the door you can move it around to do what whatever it takes to make your door look pretty and that's about the best DIY technique you can get so if you'll excuse me I'll hang my door and then put my pins in your pens it'll go in relatively easily and if it doesn't then You'll know because you won't be able to place your pins here we go.
Now how do we do it? I just close the door and see how it fits and I'm looking f or flush to the right when I close the door. I want it to hit the top and bottom together and it looks like this corner of the building is crooked so we're happy with the gap at the top and because I'm going to be manipulating the door frame at the top later here are the secret guys if your stuff isn't nice and level you can always take your utility knife and cut off some of your drywall that will stick out, that's fine and you can trim it down.
Thanks ok so when you put your casing on it's not as aggressive we've raised it up like a bulge so you can put your casing on there follow your line cut the drywall a bit then nail your casing on you can pretend that was flush sometimes it's just nothing to play ball with and you can spend all day adjusting everything about your house to make it work perfectly where you just learn to do things like this so you can adjust things as you go and get on with your life remember the goal of doing home renovations is not to spend your whole life fixing up your house and then enjoying the rest of your weekend I think three is really good for slightly crooked frames so I'm going to do two from this side there we go that's better ok yeah also thick now this is the advantage of having the door already sitting there we would like to get it in place check the gap ok you should have a little bit of room here not much, could have problems down the road especially being in the basement so feel free to give it a little more space there we go but make sure the doorstop closes off the space you want privacy when you are in the bathroom after everything and someday down the road they will spend some money and i finish the rest of this renovation and this space will be a bathroom but not today's ones for me i decide again and i like to put them near the latch all good just so i have a nice solid feeling when i'm closing the door hey now we got something worth ta Talking alright you know don't forget you know what you're working with is never gonna be right now let's be straight things turn they twist and turn.
I see a little bit of pressure here and I have a bow now if I don't have this here at all it's already leaning so what I want to do is figure out where it's snug this is how you get rid of a loop on a door now pull of your shoes back and then push, yeah, now she's straight, she's right here. we are the reason i am putting the screws in and behind the door stop is because visually when the doors are closed you can't see the repair this is nice and clean and doesn't open anything on the surface it looks great and this is like an MDF for the main hallway so that's where I like to hide them back there if you want and you have an opportunity to remove the stops that's great that's a lot of extra work and if you're working in your basement you're putting eight or nine doors have some way to do this and go about your day not a bad plan wasn't that bad that was pretty fast now that's the strongest door system and the reason we call it the strongest is because we are using bolts construction, look, that's a good space.
I have three of them on each side and that gives me 500 pounds of pure force, so when these doors close, it's going to take a lot of energy to kick that fool in where I really shouldn't. Don't be your first goal in a basement if you like to build things that stay put that's a great way to do it now the next way we're going to do it will be the simplest way to do it mm-hmm you'll be able to tell the difference ok door number two we're going to do the quick and easy way and this will cost a few bucks.
I will warn you that the two major hardware stores had a version of a similar system, the idea is just a metal bracket that you bolt to the doors first off the wall. I can hang it boom. simple as you'd like to think but for 13 bucks if you don't want to get involved and if you're working alone and not familiar with hanging a door it can be quite frustrating this may not be a bad investment I've never used this system before in my life but I had a video of another door on our site going through the process and someone said hey you want to buy the clip system so much easier so I decided to buy the clip system and give this a try if on paper it seems real quick and simple and i love the concept but let's see if it's as easy as the package suggests ok same process i don't care what system the hanging door uses it needs to know if your floor is level because you are building on it floor.
I already checked and it's ok and in this system I have two different types of nails or screws. with better than fine thread I guess, so this is going to take a minute. We've got a lot of screws to
installhere. I didn't say this is the fastest just the easiest so hold on let's do this let's go around the door and we're going to put one of these brackets on yeah let's make sure he's going to play ball we're going to to put, yes, let me show you theboom boom boom bracket so it has these little teeth okay it has an adjustable screw here and it has this plate here the idea is because you screw it to the jam in these three holes here okay and then put a screw through the surface on the wall that you are attaching the door to, and then the casing will cover all this hardware, it seems pretty simple in theory, so let's start with this, we suggest that you install them on each hinge and the corresponding one on the other side, which means that it's 24 screws you have to install to put a door in and this can be easy to do yourself but I don't know if it's going to necessarily be the fastest that's for sure you really want to make sure you put your screw in and the furthest part from the hole in front of you. to start so you don't accidentally pull these tabs out is that it will interfere with your case and ultimately affect the finish.
Look at number thirteen fourteen fifteen screws and I need a third hand again because they are a phillips screw which is lovely phillips screws are so easy to work with they always want to stay in the bit after a solid half hour of screwing in the clips we are set to go here, now we're at it again, I put a shim on my hinge side. gotta be kid ding me oh whoever framing this house needs to get some light fixes people in the comment section tell me not to complain about what other people do but then they do stuff like this and you want to hit them like that, yes, if you make the Hole the same width at the bottom, in the center and at the top.
You will succeed by hanging the doors. Good. I think this might fit the hole. Now, let's try it again for the first time. There is one thing we are missing. It's a thing I did in my brilliance. it's just that i forgot since i'm installing this i wanted to put the pins on the hinge side ok so it's connected where the hinge is attached to the jamb not on the other side of the jamb i could do that deform over time. but i'm in an unfinished room so i actually have to add a sheet of drywall thickness here because the door jamb is cut to the width of a finn law not unfinished so if i don't install This first, hey Joe.
I'm starting to think these clips make it really easy. but only if you're in a finished space dad if i had done my normal shims and six screws here i would be done by now ok put the 18 screws on the inside of the door where the hinges are and put it directly on the side of the door hole hinge into a wedge and that will give you a little flex to close the gap okay just slide the door over the hinge here left and right okay check your gap at the top of the door if i don't like the space part the bottom of the wall up you can if you have a space that looks pretty good i like i'm thinking we can install the door in there this looks like an inch in on the inch- Grille and a half .
I'm going to push well and because there is strength to go that way. I'm going to put the screw on the outside of that space. Ok now when I check this and line it up with my space. it's bigger here I'm going to close this gap turning the door I'm going to send the bottom side here on the hinge I'm going to send it and the more I close it I see the more I send it to the bottom the higher it goes it's like turning on that screw so yeah and in the same way because of the weight of the doors on the pins on this side is I'm going to be pushing this way, so I'm going to place the screw inside the slot once I establish that space well to make my life easier.
I put that screw right in the middle so I can go up here and confirm my gap I like it I'm going to put another screw on the inside make sure it can never slide right now I'm all set just a matter of finishing the last few screws I have I'm going to put my thumb in the stream you'll see I'm going to be able to open that up just a little bit just a little bit there we're going anyway down here that opens up a nice little gap okay okay okay that was pretty easy no requires a lot of force doesn't require a lot of carpentry knowledge just took a bit of understanding we have to be on a finished surface, lots of screws, relatively easy install, not a bad product for DIY or don't listen, took longer than the first door, that one is also about ten or twelve dollars for the hardware. it might be worth learning how to use construction screws in the shin ok this is method number three this is what I call the cheapest because it doesn't matter what you do when you install the door when you're done you have to use Brad nails to put in while you are boxing what if you could install the door completely with just Brad nails and you can but there are a couple of things to know first make sure you have enough room for full pieces of trim all the way through. around your door this technique only works if you have enough height to put your frame before the ceiling and space on each side for the frame as well because you can't write your frame to custom and then install your door that's just ridiculous that's all ally upside down but if you have a lot of space like we have here because we bought 78 inch tall doors just a tip but if you have worked in a basement and you are working under structural joists and ductwork in many cases if you buy the door 78 inches instead of 80 will give you clearance so you can give the appearance of a full-size door and you won't have to cut all the trim. it gives you the ability to install your door this way so what we are going to do is set up our compressor and our chop saw we already checked our door we have plenty of room everything is going to be fine we are going to add the trim to the face from the door jamb first and then we're going to lift it up and glue it in place drop 20 nails in that suction cup and call it a day we cut out our casing and now we're going to drop something else in it of course we're using 2 inch nails, just throw a couple in the bottom here set it up with a little bit of space so you can and paint then make everything alright did you do it secretly?
Can you get to the other end of the door without stepping on it? So now we have our casing attached, the jams will still move around so don't nail your corner. give it some flex of course i took that little locking pin out of the door handle area we'll just drag this into position yeah this looks a little awkward ok now the door will want to drop but the casing will prevent it from doing so. doing that now what we want to do is put our level on the right hand side of the hinge and make sure the door can open and close enough space like the space at the top i like all of this so what we're doing here we're going to start to push up on the bottom against the door frame ok there we go now you can see I have some rigging room here what I want to do is put my level here check that it's plumb I'm not plumb go all the way down that's a little too extreme so what i know is the bottom is going to be in that position so lets put the jam on a pair in the casing a pair in the jam now the bottom is fixed now i can sit here put my gun and just relax until I'm in the perfect spot and I'm putting my whole line of nails right where the doorstop is because I can come by later and with a caulk gun and I can do a got to caulk and fill all those little dents right where my pool will be ok so now no one does it come over to this side check functionality so now i'm back in the same place i have a lot of flex here ok ok up, down, I move, I'm just checking my space at the top, I'm fine with that, close the door.
I don't see any light, so I get this nice, square one and then I can manipulate everything here until everything closes nicely and doesn't rub against me. I'm going to wrap up a bit here, that's a good space. now i have a gap from here to my frame and since i'm running my nails in here i'm going to use my left hand d who's so scary and i'm going to hold the jam material in place on the left side knowing all of this is nailed down the right side to keep everything from twisting is pretty solid the doors don't go anywhere loving it we'll probably need it a bit of caulk just to clean up some of these cuts but lets be honest i know there are a lot of carpenters out there that if they get a joint like that with cheap mdf materials they'll be happy knowing they're gonna lay it down like a bare wire whoo we've got a little bit of a problem let's fix that wow perfect this is a great way to maintain a door system anything goes move or pull you over time you know we just give it a little kick. a couple more nails you are done now that you cover all three systems the cheapest turned out to be the most tedious but if you are comfortable using a miter saw and measuring and tapping together like this and your holes the correct size this is pretty quick too what I would suggest The first is if you are a slam the door type family this is not a good system for you unless you have casing on both sides but since you are just going into an empty room where we have the oven , really all we need here is something we can paint over and close our gap so visually we can't see the oven room so it works great my favorite of course it's always shims and screws let's just go over I'm not a clip freak I thought they were just a bunch of screws and at the end of the day it took more effort to install all those plates and get them square than just doing it the original way with the ships so three ways you ue you can choose I think that system of bolt-on plates would work if you really are not comfortable tools all new you need is to know how to use a drill and the rest you can feel it so probably not a bad DIY project if you don't you feel comfortable with it. but let's just say the old fashioned rules still work.
I'm not a big fan. I don't do this. do sort of a gate very often but for the purpose of the video I thought I'd throw you three different options so you can pick the strongest, easiest and cheapest, the cheapest actually ended up being the fastest but the speed is not really the point here it's all about getting a good result remember our goal here is to help you as a homeowner get a professional looking result this is a new construction installation across the country so please don't send us a comment saying using the brad nailer is unprofessional because I know a lot of people who get paid to install that type of door that's it for this video so I hope we've answered all your questions, you will feel more comfortable installing doors, you have some options and systems in your toolbox now, if you have any questions or comments, please put them in the section below, yes I still answer them every day and don't forget to check out our amazon link to buy all the tools you need.
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