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How to Install a Prehung Door

How to install a prehung door

At the intersection of plumb and precision

Installing a door is a rather simple task, but ensuring its precision is where things can get tricky. It should snap into the latch, clear the jamb and swing open and close naturally, smoothly – that’s a lot to get right.

And that’s also why we’ve put together these detailed steps to show you how to install a prehung door.

H2: Step 1: Mind your floor

The first item to keep in mind when installing a prehung door is making sure that it fits within the frame, nice and level. What you may not consider is that houses, particularly older homes don’t always have the most level floors. If your floor isn’t level, take a large level (a 4-foot level should work) and run it across the opening. Then, mark on the frame where it shows level.

From these level markings on the hinge side and knob side, you can unfurl a tape measure from the top to the floor to get an approximate level discrepancy.

H2: Step 2: Cut the jamb height

Remember those markings you just made with the level? You’re going to want to transfer those to your jamb, so you can then cut your jamb height level. To do this, mark the measurement you took from the hinge side on the door before proceeding with the knob side.

H2: Step 3: Check the rough frame for plumb

Before you can go about moving the door into the opening, you’ll want to grab that level again and push the level uptight against the opening frame. To get an exact exact, you’ll probably need to tack a shim or two in place. Now you should be able to slide the door in — nice and snug!

H2: Step 4: Cross check your reference marks and drill

Those marks you made on the opening and on the door jam should now be aligned after sliding the door in place. If everything lines up correctly, you’ll need to make sure your jamb is flush with the wall on the outside.

If everything is even and lines up properly, then you’ll need to drill a pilot hole where the jamb meets the shim and screw it in. Go ahead and finish screwing in the hinge side.

H2: Step 5: Adjust the level

If your marking doesn’t quite line up on the knob side, you’ll need to insert a shim or two at the bottom to make it level. Once your markings have been aligned, you can start drilling in the knob side to hold it in place, tidy and level.

H2: Step 6: Test it and trim it

Your door should now be level, able to open and close effortlessly, and latch effectively. If all is well, you can now install your desired trim around it. Once the trim is complete, sand it lightly, prime it, fill in all the holes and paint it.

And voila!, Now you’ve got the 411 rundown on how to install a pre-hung interior or exterior door! Check to see if the Rustica Hardware door you’re looking to buy comes in a prehung option!

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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

Introducing an easy solution to little ones slamming your barn door! Our new Closure soft-stop system slows you door down before it makes contact with the track stop. This ensures a smooth stop every time. The Closure system has been specially designed to be universal with all Rustica Hardware flat track systems, no matter the length of track this product will work with your flat track system. Product comes with (2) Closure mechanisms (one for each side of the track system) to protect your system whether it’s being opened or closed.

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

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Four shelfs total, our biggest bookshelf.

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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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