Now that most of the flooring is finished, John installed a few interior doors yesterday.
Since this is not a one person job I helped with the initial installation. At one point I thought I’d rather have a root canal than install doors–it is not easy.
We chose to do the smallest bedroom first.
- Nail hinged side of door to framing.
- Use shims as necessary to make sure the door frame is plumb.
- Make sure hinged side is close to plumb.
Here is the 1/8th-inch gap between the jamb and door on inside.
John added shims to the top to make sure it was plumb.
At this point, it’s a matter of adjusting the shims until it’s almost perfect (it’s never completely perfect, and of course, can be frustrating).
John used a Porter Cable finish nailer with 2 1/2″ finish nails (click here).
Next: Cut shims off with a utility knife. John’s favorite is Walboard which is NOT retractable (click here). He likes this type because the blade is longer than retractable knives.
We’re sort of at the final stretch, so I’m not going to be picky about which door handle style I choose for a dozen doors. At this point I just want it finished.
Due to budget, we chose in stock doors at Home Depot. It’s not like someone is going to walk in the house and open a door and say to themselves, “This isn’t a solid wood door.”
I remember in our previous house we only had to order two interior doors so we splurged on custom solid wood doors. At the time, we didn’t know to store them vertically. We stored them horizontally on the floor for about three months and they warped.
Installed and ready to be painted!