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Installing French Doors
Project: Victorian Restoration, Episode 4, Part 4
- 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.
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.
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