Common Door Installation Problems And How to Correct Them
Posted by EZHangDoor on August 23, 2011
Have you ever had a door installation drive you bonkers. While the invention of EZ-Hang has solved many of the age-old installation pit-falls, there are a few situations you may encounter with the framing that could hamper your door installation and possibly a little frustrated. A few things to watch for and some tips are:
- The most common problem caused by the bottom plates not being straight across or out of alignment is you just can’t seem to get the door to fit tightly to the door stop. A common term for this is your door is out of plane. There are a few fixes to this problem, most of which is completed by trial and error.
- When you have an uneven gap across the top of door, it can be caused by two common problems. The first is the door hinge side is out of plumb. This can be easily checked with a level placed on the jamb or hinges to check if they are correct.
Verify the width and height of the door frame are each 1/2″ smaller than the rough opening width/height.
Verify the rough opening is square. The diagonal measurements should be the same. Maximum allowable deviation from square is normally 1/4″.
Verify the rough opening is level and plumb. The maximum allowable deviation is 1/8″ to 1/4″.
The rough opening sill must not be crowned or sagged.
Minimum double studs should be used at all rough openings.
The exterior face of the rough opening must be in a single plane.