We’ve Been Waiting For This!

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.

  1. Nail hinged side of door to framing.
  2. Use shims as necessary to make sure the door frame is plumb.
  3. 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!

9 thoughts on “We’ve Been Waiting For This!

  1. Consider door levers instead of knobs. Easier to open doors if you have your hands full or your hands are slippery with lotion, water, avocado( I know that’s weird but, hey, happened to me ! 🙂 )-you get the idea ! Really looking good !!!

    1. I agree. Never choose ones that are a ball. Really hard to grip and turn, especially if your hands are wet or something. Tulips aren’t bad. But I prefer the levers. Only downside is a dog can learn to open them. Not a worry with the pugs. Not sure they could reach them even if they stood on top of one another in a pyramid. Don’t think they can jump that high either. Now if you had Jack Russells, then a problem.

  2. The doors look fabulous! I’ve learned so much watching and reading this blog. It’s exciting to see the combination of the newly laid floors and freshly installed doors. You should be very proud and must be excited to see the finish line on the horizon.

  3. The doors look terrific! Please consider getting door HANDLES, not KNOBS. They’re easier to deal with — you can use an elbow in a pinch — and are more “user friendly” if arthritis becomes an issue.

  4. Why did you have to replace the interior doors in the first place? Were they missing? Or do you simply want them all to match with the new doors for the new construction?

    I’ve never installed pre-hung for the reason you state; it’s a two person job. I have hung a slab door, twice, and it was no fun. Budget reasons. I got them on sale at Home Depot. The garage door was dinged and the kitchen French Door had a broken glass pane. I had to plane them and cut for the hinges to be flush. Hand done. Then balance them until I could get at least one hinge pin in. They are both still hanging, move in and out and are even. Not a job I ever want to do again. I put an awning over the garage door to protect it from the rain so I’d never have to deal with rot again. The kitchen door is slumping a bit, but when and if it ever goes, I’ll have to hire that job out. I’ll probably get a solid door with a window I can open for breeze if I have to have it replaced. I love the light but need something I can install a doggy door into. Tired of being the dog’s door monitor.

  5. Doors look great! I learned the hard way not order solid core from Home Depot – they take over 6 weeks to arrive and the veneer chipped off two of them when we primed them. NOT worth the time or money!

    1. I wouldn’t buy anything that was veneered in this day and age. I have some lovely veneered pieces from the 30s but they are veneer on solid wood. I suspect that “solid core” is more like glued together sawdust or pressboard of some time.

      The doors I bought were solid wood. I planned on painting them from the start and one was for the garage so the imperfections didn’t matter to me. They’re still hanging and neither has warped.

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