Shimming, Centering, and Hanging a Door

Project: Modern Colonial, Episode 11, Part 3



The dining room paneling is almost finished, and Bob talks with Ben LaRochelle from Drummond Designs to learn how they fabricated the design plans from architectural models, stock plans, and lot requirements using a laptop computer.

Upstairs, Bob Ryley is hard at work in the master bedroom, beginning with a door installation leading into the master bathroom. Jim Daniels from Woodport is on hand to discuss the features of the door with Bob. Finally, Ryley works on trimming out the doorframe and windows.
Part 1: Custom Home Design Using Computer Software
Part 2: Hanging an Engineered Wood Six-Panel Door
Part 3: Shimming, Centering, and Hanging a Door
After roughing the door into place, Ryley checks to make sure it is centered and temporarily secures it using plywood blocks. Next, he checks the margin around the perimeter of the door to make sure each side is even. Shims are added to each side to create a solid wood backing between the jamb and the studs that frame the door opening. Final adjustments are made with the door closed; the last shim is installed at the striker plate before the door is permanently secured to the framing.
Part 4: Installing Interior Window Casings and Sill
This project focuses on the construction of a Colonial-style home built with both history and the future in mind. While the 4-bedroom, 4-bath home will have a traditional exterior and interior detailing, the plan will suit the needs of a modern family, including easy-maintenance fireplaces, a great room, master suite, sun room, 3-car garage, and a large walk-out basement with plenty of room for recreation and indoor/outdoor living.

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