How to Install Heavy Interior Doors | This Old House

24August 2020

Now that the doors are made and shipped to the Westerly house, Tom Silva and Jeff Sweenor show Kevin O'Connor how they are installed.

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Jeff Sweenor uses a laser to plumb the door opening. His story pole locates the hinge locations. With a heavy door such as this, he uses solid shims and longer screws. They add the jamb tight against the shims on the hinge side, making sure the header is level before nailing it off. They screw in the hinges and pins and hang the door. Then they shim the other side of the jamb and tack it down. The solid door swings effortlessly.

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