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5 Common Mistakes Made When Installing Doors

5 Common Mistakes Made When Installing Doors

Common Mistakes Made When Installing Doors

Say goodbye to installation problems by showing them the door.

While installing a door is a relatively straightforward process, it doesn’t always go according to plan. Sometimes, common mistakes pop up – such as improper framing, un-level floors, misaligned hinges and plates. These factors can all play the role of metaphorical door stoppers, blocking the path of a successful install. However, if you know what to look for, most errors can be fixed quickly, easily, and affordably.

So, if you’ve got a door installation (or reinstallation) set as your next DIY project, here are a few common mistakes to consider before you tear down your walls or bring in a pricey professional installer.

How to Fix a Sagging, Misaligned or Uneven Door

One of the biggest mistakes facing your door installation is having an uneven door, particularly at the top. This is typically caused by one of two things, the first is that the door hinge side is probably out of plumb or is misaligned. You can easily check to see if your door is misaligned by placing a level on the jamb/hinges as a test. If that’s the case, you’ll need to adjust the bottom wall plates – a little here, a little there until it’s just right.

If your door is uneven at the top and it’s not out of plumb, then the culprit is probably an uneven level. A good way to prevent this problem when installing the door, is to place the jambs off the floor, especially if carpet will be installed. If your floor is finished but the door still isn’t level, you may need to cut or trim one side of the door jamb – latch or hinge side. If you place a level on the floor and measure the gap under the low side of the floor, it should give you an indication as to what amount you need to cut away from the high side of the door jamb.

Level on hinges of door

How to Fix Loose Door Trim

Getting perfectly snug fitting trim doesn’t have to be as difficult as you expect. In most cases, if you’ve got trim that doesn’t fit, then it may just need a relatively simple back cut with a miter saw.  If that’s not the case, your door may need a slightly beveled back so that just the front edge of the trim fits together.

Why Does My Door Open and Close By Itself?

If your freshly-installed door mysteriously opens and closes on its own, as if under the influence of a ghost, then you know how irritating – and creepy – this can be. Good news, it’s easy to fix (without calling in a contractor — or an exorcist, for that matter).

The problem is that the door is out of plum and it’s opening and closing under its own weight. To fix it, you’ll need to apply some resistance to the hinges.

To start, close the door so that it doesn’t bend under its own weight. Next, remove the top hinge pin. Lay the pin on a hard surface, like concrete, and take your hammer and strike the pin in the middle to give it a slight bend. Now, take the pin and tap it back into the hinge and test the door. This process should solve the problem, but if for some reason Casper is still spookily closing your door, you may need to repeat the same pin striking process on the middle hinge.

If you’re nervous about bending your pin, the same successful result can be achieved by wrapping some masking tape around the pin; however, this is more of a temporary fix as the tape will eventually break down with use over time.

Open door

How to Repair Stripped Door Hinge Holes

Whether it’s a current door with old stripped screws or a new door with screws you just recently stripped (whoops!), there are ways to solve your lack-of-tightness problem and the fixes may be simpler (and odder) than you think.

The first fix includes using a golf tee. That’s right: break out the bag of clubs in search of a tee. By simply adding a little wood glue to the tip and side, you can fix your stripped screw hole. Tap it into the hole and once it dries, cut it flush with the wood. You can do the same thing with a matchstick — or if the hole is small enough, a toothpick. Just add wood glue, tap them in, trim them flush and you’re good to go!

How to Stop Your Door From Dragging on Your Flooring

Is your door too long? Does it drag on the floor? If that’s the case, you’re going to need to cut, shave, or sand the bottom of the door. Other than being irritating to close, constant opening and closing can  be detrimental to your carpet or can scuff your hardwood floors. Just remember to not trim off too much from the bottom of your door. After all, you can always cut more off; you can’t put more back on.

Whether you’re wondering how to fix an uneven door, why your door hangs crooked, rest assured, there’s a solution to your door installation problems.

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Rustica Lock Measuring Guide

Measuring Distance

This is the measurement from the top of your door to where you'd like the lock handle. This measurement allows you the flexibility to place the locking mechanism where it will not interfere with any existing handles or fixtures pre-mounted to the door. You'll need at least 2-1/8" clearance below. See Picture

Hole Placement

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Placement is measured from bottom of the door to the door bore hole.

Placement is measured from bottom of the door to the door bore hole.

Standard is 5'-1/2" above door knob boring.

Our designer corbels are sold in pairs. Each pair of mantel corbels is made of solid alder wood and designed for use with our floating mantel shelves. Corbels are easy to install and add a substantial design feature to your mantel space. Corbels will come finished to match the color and texture of your selected mantel.

All of our solid wood doors are made from the finest grade knotty alder or poplar. The species of wood that a door is made from is based on the finish that is selected for that door. Knotty Alder is more rustic and full of knots that are prevalent in the finished look. Poplar is a cleaner wood in that it has less knots for a more seamless look.

Please use the below guide if you're interested knowing what species of wood your door will be made from and the type of look you should be expecting:

This is the width, height and thickness of the door itself. If you are replacing a slab (door without the jamb), fill in the exact measurements of the existing slab.

To measure rough opening height, measure the distance from the stud above the door opening to the floorboard at the bottom of the door opening.

To measure rough opening width, measure the distance from the stud on one side of the door opening to the stud on the opposite side of the opening.

Measure the existing slab, that you're wanting to replace, from the top of the door to the top of each hinge. You will format your entry in this format: Hinge 1- 10" from top of door. Hinge 2- 22.

We Recommend:

3-1/2" hinges for 1-3/8" doors, 4" hinges for 1-3/4" doors and 4-1/2" hinges for 2-1/4" doors.

Select which side of the door you'd like your pull/handle to be located when facing the front side of the door (the side of the opening in which you can see your track/rolling system). The back side handle will be placed on the same side of the door as your front side handle.

NOTE: The current lead time for Brushed Steel and Brushed Stainless Steel on the Box system type is 7 weeks.

Hinge Placement Instruction

To identify hinge positions, measure from the TOP of the door to the top of each hinge.

Door Accessories

Spice Rack

The spice rack is great for holding an assortment of items.

Stories Told Bookshelf

Four shelfs total, our biggest bookshelf.

Steam Engine Bookshelf

Two shelfs, with a beautiful design.

Coat Hanger

The perfect coat hanger for any office or home entry.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Dark

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Clear

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

Modern Industrial Floating Shelf Grey

Achieve the popular look of clean modern shelving with a touch of industrial flare with adding our Mountain Modern Floating Shelves to your barn door! This product includes two matching shelves. Each are made of solid knotty alder wood, with a craftsman finish. The shelves are accented steel brackets that add character and life to these beautiful art pieces. Each shelf is hand touched by an an American Craftsman to ensure quality and an artists aesthetic.

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