Installing French Doors

Project: Victorian Restoration, Episode 4, Part 4

Bob gets an update on the progress taking place at the Victorian renovation project. Rough electrical work is underway, as is the home's data and video wiring, which will form the backbone for the advanced communications, security, and entertainment systems. Workers are framing a new addition, and are also at work on the second floor, where a Kohler tub and new Pella windows are being installed.
Part 1: First Floor Framing and Barn Renovation/Demolition
Part 2: Shoring Up the Attic With Supports
Part 3: Interior Framing and Bathtub Installation
Part 4: Installing French Doors
Bob talks with Ray Adams (from Pella Windows) about the new French doors to be installed in the library. The door is from the Architect's Series. It's a simulated divided light door. The glass is Pella's Insulshield glass, an argon filled glass with low-e coating. It's one large piece of glass with extruded aluminum on the outside, for the muntin bars, and all wood on the inside. This makes it more energy-efficient than a true divided light door.

Originally there had been a window where the doors will be installed. Contractor Matt Alexander cut it out, put in bigger studs, and headed it off with 2 x 10s with a 3/4 sandwich. The door comes with nailing fins that fold up at 90 degrees The installers will nail through the fins to attach the door behind the cladding.

For waterproofing, the installers apply a bead of sealant underneath the door at the sill, and a bead behind the fin. The most important part of the installation is ensuring that the door is plumb, so it will swing properly.
Located just five miles from downtown Boston, Bob's scouts discovered a Victorian-era house in a neighborhood of family homes on tree-lined streets that was past due for a full-scale renovation.

The home's new owners, a work-at-home family, have set goals to modernize the home's floor plan, update the building's mechanical and electrical systems, and add home office and work spaces for two busy professionals.