Trouble installing prehung exterior door...

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Old 03-03-05, 04:58 AM
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Trouble installing prehung exterior door...

Suggestions please...My house originally had an interior door/frame installed going from kitchen to garage. I'm now installing an exterior door per code. Should the door close totally against the weather stripping?? I can't seem to get it to totally set square so that it closes totally, thus, I can take my finger and push it into the seal and see light. The door does not fit 1/8 inch at the top right corner. I tried shimming the upper hinge but this also drops the door as well. The original frame was not secured in the opening and I have secured this frame so I now have a much larger gap on the knob side- to the point of adding a 1x4 to this side to take up this gap. I measured the top of the frame and it is 1/16 " wider than the bottom. It seems that no matter what I try I cant bring the upper corner in once the fram is secured. I'm thinking I need to raise the hinge side of the frame and then shim the hinges accordingly. Totally frustrated. Any suggestions?? Could I be battling a frame that cant be seated properly, if thats possible??
 
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Old 03-03-05, 06:12 AM
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If the door is not hitting on the weatherstripping evenly, the legs of the door are not plumb, not in line with one another. To Double check this, start to bring the door closed until you can see just an 1/8" of light along the length of the door. This reveal of light should be straight. If it's not, that tells you what adjustment to make.

If, from the inside, the door hinges on the right, and there is 0 reveal at the top of the door and 1/4" at the bottom, the top left side of the brickmould needs to be shimed 1/8" away from the sheeting, and the bottom right corner needs to be shimmed 1/8" away from the sheeting.

Another example

If, from the inside, the door hinges on the left, and there is 1/4" reveal at the top of the door and 0 at the bottom, the top left side of the brickmould needs to be shimed 1/8" away from the sheeting, and the bottom right corner needs to be shimmed 1/8" away from the sheeting.

Just picture in your mind that if there is a gap where the door meets the weatherstripping, that part of the jamb needs to be brought closer to you (which usually isn't possible, so the opposite side must be shimmed away.)

If you are referring to the door "sagging" down and hitting the jamb, you probably have the top hinge shimmed in too far, have the door installed out of square, or need to put a long screw through the hinge and into the stud.
 
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