During installation, make sure to keep pets and children out of the worksite. These little creatures can become curious and pose a risk for the installer. Keep them in a separate room if possible. Since doors will be open for an extended period, it is also important to watch children closely. Follow the safety tips below to keep your children safe while the job is being done. Or better yet, call Alliance Homes (301) 349-1678 for quality door installations.
Applying a Leading Edge
The leading edge is a part of a door that is attached to the lock edge. It helps the door close tightly against the frame. Unlike the rest of the door’s surface, the leading edge is longer than the overall width, preventing it from bouncing off the frame. It is necessary for doors that swing open and close in arcs, as otherwise, they may bounce off the frames and become unsightly.
The leading edge has several purposes. It is a method of cutting an angle onto the timber before installation. A leading-edge helps the timber to move into position by binding the edge of the door against the frame. Before starting the planning process, the door should be opened a few times to check for rubbing. You may also need to install an architrave on the door, which will add a tidy appearance.
If your new door is sticking, you can adjust the hinges. Turn the screws counterclockwise or clockwise. When turning counterclockwise, adjust the hinges closest to the sticking area. To adjust vertically, adjust all hinges. Close the door to test the alignment of the hinges. You can also use trim screws of 8d or 10d size. Be sure to use a drill bit that has the right size and type.
To adjust a door that has multiple hinges, make sure you have access to a drill. First, cut out a piece of cardboard to fit the door frame. Next, measure the distance between the door frame and the hinge. If the door has more than two hinges, you’ll need to add a new piece of cardboard. Then, screw the hinge back into place over the cutout. The door frame gap should be smaller than before.
Applying a Stain to a Door
Before you begin applying a stain to a door, you must prepare it by wiping off any excess before proceeding. You should do this step in two parts, allowing each side to dry before proceeding to the next section. After the first coat of stain is applied, flip the door over and repeat the process. Wait about an hour, then repeat the process for the other side. Wait another few hours for the stain to dry completely before applying a second coat.
If you have stained a wooden door previously, you should follow the grain of the wood when applying the stain. To do this, apply a light coat of stain in the beginning and middle, blending with brush strokes. When applying a stain, wipe the door clean immediately afterward to avoid streaks and unevenness. If you are applying stain to a door for new construction, follow the same steps described for an older home.
Applying a Butt Hinge
There are two different ways to apply a butt hinge when installing a door. The first method involves determining whether the hinge will be installed on the face of the door or the bottom. During fabrication, you can mark the distance between the butt and the edge of the door. The second method involves determining how much of a margin to leave between the door and the hinge. In addition, you should determine the size of the butt hinge before you start the installation process.
The third method involves identifying the type of butt hinge you are using. Many butt hinges are made from steel, butt hinges are made of aluminum or galvanized steel. You can also choose between hot-and-cold steel or stainless steel, depending on the application. Then, you can choose whether you’d like a removable butt hinge or a fixed one. The removable butt hinge will allow the door to be opened with less friction, while the fixed one makes it more secure.