Door Hardware Installation Guide Door Hardware Installation Guide

Installing a door can be a breeze with the right kind of door hardware. First decide what kind of door you want, then by just following a few routine steps, you can have the perfect door adorning your walls. The hardware required is predictable, but it is nevertheless a good option to always consider looking at the setup thoroughly before starting the project.

Determining the State of “Readiness”

Before installing the door, you need to know in advance the kind of door that you will be installing. Doors can be procured at different stages in the assembly line. You can buy a wood door that is pre-hung (installed into frame). Pre-hung doors are further classified as assembled, partially assembled, knocked down, un-machined slabs, fully machined slabs, or partially machined slabs. These can again be either finished or unfinished.

Determining Available Hardware
As stated before, different levels of readiness come with different hardware. In the end, make sure that you have a fully assembled door before installing it on your walls. A fully installed door has the jambs fastened together, the door stop applied to the jambs, the hinges installed to the jambs, lock prep completed, and the door beveled and hung on the hinges. Sometimes the door casing is also applied to one side of the jambs or both sides (in the case of split jambs), but these are not to be worried about at this point.

Determining Floor Clearance

Before going ahead and installing the door, you need to ensure that there is some minimum floor clearance available so that the door can swing freely. You may need to shorten the jamb, because they usually extend 1” past the bottom of the door. This gives an effective 1” clearance. You can even shorten the jambs if you want to. Remember to leave more than 1” clearance if you plan to install carpet later on. On the other hand, if you are installing vinyl, tile, or hardwood floor on either side, you will need to make sure that your jambs extend all the way down to the floor. Ultimately, make adjustments to the jamb length based on what you want your door clearance to be, and do not forget about foot mats or throw rugs.

Installing the Door Stops
Before installing a door stop, install the lockset. Once this is done, you can install the door stop. First, measure the distance between the floor to the head jamb on both the hinge side and the lock side of the jamb. The measurements could vary slightly. Then, cut a 45 degree miter on one end of each piece of the door stop legs (to the proper length). Install the lock side door stop in the beginning. With the door latched in the closed position, ensure that the latch is tight to the door stop, and that the stop is pushed up tightly to the head jamb. Now, nail the stop to the jamb using appropriate tools. Repeat the process for the hinge side of the door.

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