- 1 Entry Door
- 2 Interior Door
- 3 Fire Door
- 4 Framing a door
- 5 Door hinge routering
- 6 Install a door handle
- 7 Repair kicked in door jam
- 8 Finding good contractors
- Inswing (I/S): A door that opens in
- Outswing (O/S): A door that opens out
- Left Hand: For an I/S door, hinges are on the left, and for an O/S door, hinges are on the right (when the door is viewed from the house's exterior)
- Right Hand: For an I/S door, hinges are on the right, and for an O/S door, hinges are on the left (when the door is viewed from the house's exterior)
- Lite: A pane of glass in a door
- Divided Lite: Panes of glass that are or appear to be divided
- Grille: Plastic, wooden or metal assembly in a door that gives the appearance of divided lites
- Caming: Strips for joining segmented glass
- Resist wear and tear better than steel
- Can be painted and stained
- Average price
- Little maintenance
- Can crack under severe impact
- Not as weather resistant as fiberglass or wood
- Prone to dents
- Can rust
- Most durable doors
- Easy to repair
- Weather resistant
- Very strong
- Must be regularly painted or stained to look their best
- In-Glass blinds
- Rails and stiles
- Adjustable threshold
- Doors play less of a role when it comes to energy efficiency as you may think. Doors are a very small part of the surface area of a house and usually don't allow significant amounts of warm air to escape.
- Steel and Fiber glass doors tend to insulate better than wood doors
- Models that are Energy Star qualified come with tighter frames, energy efficient cores, and double or triple panel insulating glass on models that come with glass.
- More information can be found at Energy Stars website.
- Unless you're simply replacing a bad or broken door, most doors come as a 'door system' meaning it comes with the door and frame and any accents, such as sidelites, already framed.
- If you decide to go with a bigger door, you'll need to call in the pros unless you're a skilled contractor as they will need to completely re-frame your entry way.
- The best way to deter burglars is hands down, a good strong reinforced lock
- In tests with a battering ram, nearly every door, no matter the material, failed at the lock.
- Use a lock with a 1 inch long dead bolt and a reinforced metal box strike
- Use 3 inch long mounting screws that go in past the door jamb and into the frame.
Shaving a door to fit a frame
Level of difficulty: Easy
Estimated time taken: 30 minutes
- Belt Sander
Step 1: Measure the amount needing to be shaved
- Hold the door to the frame
- Mark the door with a pencil where it needs to be shaved
- Set your router to the appropriate height
Step 2: Test the router depth
- On scrap wood, test the router depth to ensure it is correct
Step 3: Make the cut
- If your router settings look good, make the cut along the mark you made on your door
Step 4: Test the fit
- Before you put all of your tools away and clean up, test the fit on the door just in case you need to remove more
Step 5: Sanding
- If your door is just barely over the size you need, you may be able to get away with sanding the excess as opposed to needing to use the router again
- Either way, sand to ensure a smooth even finish once your door is the size you need
Framing a door
Door hinge routering
Install a door handle
Repair kicked in door jam
Finding good contractors
If you decide to hire out please refer to Finding Good Contractors.