Door Installation & Hanging

Exterior Door Installation Wauwatosa
Replacing an exterior front door can add much value, and curb appeal to your home, and without spending a lot of money.

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Door Choices

The choices these days are endless and over the past few years the features that are available are also fantastic.  Here are a few choices a homeowner may choose from.

Blinds inside the glass that can go up and down and also tilt, wood grain on the inside and custom paint on the outside, wide variety of stained or etched glass, weather stripping and threshold are part of the jamb, brick mold on the outside can be a plastic resin that will not rot, fiberglass or steel doors are available. There are even custom colored hinges! The prices are consumer friendly. These are just a few options that are available.

How to Measure for a Pre-hung Exterior Door

Before shopping for your door, you will need to measure the door  you are replacing.  Doors come in only a few sizes and are as follows: 24” x 80”, 30” x 80”, 32” x 80”, 34”x 80” and 36” x 80”. These are standard sizes, all other sizes are custom order.  Next you need to measure the jamb width (The vertical portion of the frame onto which the door is secured through hinges).  Standard size is 4 9/16 ”, 5”, and 6 ¼”. Next you will need to figure out the swing of the door, which simply means, which direction you are going to be opening the door.  The easiest and standard way to know which you are using is to put your back against the INSIDE of the door and where the hinges are in relation to your hand, that is the swing. Example if the hinges are on the left side when your back is against the door then this would be a left hand swing. So the 3 things you need when ordering or picking out a door are door size, door swing and jamb width. So it would look something like this “36 x 80 Left Hinge  door with a 4” 9/16 jamb.

For you DIYers, follow these 9 Steps to Replace a Door

  • Take a razor blade knife and cut the paint next to the casing on the inside of the door and carefully remove the casing and save to reinstall later.
  • Remove the door from the hinges by pulling the hinge pins and then take a sawzall and cut horizontally through both sides of the jamb but NOT cutting the 2×4 stud.  Remove and make sure the 2×4’s are clean of debris and no drywall is hanging over if so cut it off flush.
  • Take all the shipping material off the new door including a big black corkscrew in the lockset hole and disregard. Carefully insert the new door from the outside in, into the opening evenly spacing both sides by shimming at the hinge points and likewise on the lockset side. Then remove the screw in the hinges closest to the weatherstripping and replacing it with a 3” gold screw and screw through the shims into the 2×4’s.  Do this on all 3 hinges and on the lockset side also making sure the margin around the inside of the door is the same, approximately 3/16”.
  • Foam the entire gap between the door and the 2×4 with DAP Window and Door Foam.
  • Nail the outside brick mold with finish nails and putty using DAP white ALEX caulk.  Caulk exterior line between brickmold and siding/brick. Caulk bottom of threshold with a thick bead also.
  • Install deadbolt and lockset.
  • Re-install casing on inside using a finish nailer and pin gun.
  • Apply a small bead of caulk next to casing on inside to stop any cold air from leaking in.
  • Install a piece of stained wood on the inside threshold of door on the floor as a transition strip.

Best Handyman Services provides FREE personal labor estimates. These guidelines are helpful hints for installation and are not exact instructions. Best Handyman Services is not responsible for self-installed doors or adjustments that may need to be made.