I was in my flat with some friends of mine, and I was search for my hairdressing scissors so that my girlfriend could do my hair when one of them suggested I get a pre-hung door for my front door which was falling apart. The term pre-hung door was news to me so I asked a professional builder to enlighten me. Here is what he said about pre-hung doors.
A door that hangs in its own frame is considered a pre-hung door. Basically it is a unit that is self contained.
Before a decision as whether to install one of these it is important that the following factors be taken into consideration.
· No door frame is present
· A slab door cannot be hung as the existing door frame is warped or damaged.
· Extensive remodeling is being done.
· Pre-hung doors come off the shelf weathertight which means that they are already tight fitting and need no for adjustments.
· The challenge with pre-hung doors is that they tend to be very heavy and difficult to manage. They are also not very easy to install and need shimming.
When installing a pre-hung door, make sure it’s properly sized and it can open smoothly without contacting with the floor. Use the shims to make the door upright in the opening. Use a carpenter’s level and square to adjust the door. You can use shims if needed. Take the 6d finish nail and drive it through the jamb. Check the instructions to see if you will have to put it below the shims or into the shims. Don’t drive all the nails as the door might need to be re-adjusted. Once you are done nailing, check it’s swinging smoothly. If you are satisfied, start driving all the nails to secure it. Trim the protruding shims with the saw. You can use a utility knife if you want to. Apply wood putty to hide the holes and to give it a professional look. Your door is installed.
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