Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to Hang Pre-hung Door - Part 14 of 15 - Exterior Door Molding

Fig.1 Air compressor 
and wood molding
By Gary Boutin

Supplies and Tools:
Brad nailer 
Compound saw or miter saw
Compressor and air hose 
DAP® wood filler 
Electrical cords 
Hack Saw   
Wood molding

Mr. Victor Longpont hired my services to remove his garage door that had become damaged after a bad rain storm. The door had not been painted for over 30 years, the bottom of the door was damaged by a badly worn door sweep that allowed water into the bottom of the door. 

This post shows the twelve steps to installing exterior wood molding on a pre-hung door.

Step 1: The first step after the door is sound is to replaced the stucco molding with standard wood molding. Fig.1 shows the air compressor that will be used to provide air pressure for the brad nailer that will be used in this job. Also shown is the wood molding that will be applied around the door. Fig.2 shows the wood molding that will cover the stucco patch and finish the exterior of the door. Stucco molding should have been used for this door, the edge of the door matched up with the edge of the stucco wall, so the molding could not be used and an alternative solution was used instead of stucco molding.
Fig.2 wood molding
left side
Stucco molding
Step 2: Fig.3 shows the two wood molding placed at each side of the door. The door is approximately 80 inches long. 
Fig.3 pre-hung door metal 
threshold plate
Step 3: Fig.4 shows the bottom of the molding is being cut to accommodate the bottom of the metal threshold plate. Use a mini hack saw to cut the molding.
Fig.4 cutting for 
threshold plate
Step 3: Below fig.5 shows the handyman using a brad nailer to staple the wood molding to the outside of the door. Fig.6 shows the handyman staple the bottom of the door molding.
Fig.5 Nailing wood molding
Fig.6 Applying brads 
to door molding
Step 4: Fig.7 shows that both vertical parts of the door have been cut and have been stapled to the door edge. Only the last piece needs to be added to the top of the door frame. 
Fig.7 Preparing top molding
Step 5: Use DAP® wood filler that is pink when wet and dries white
DAP® Wood filler
Step 6: Fig.9, fig.10 and fig.11 shows that after the wood molding has been stapled to the door, the edges need to be caulked and so does the wood molding corners. Apply the wood filler in the corners and on the door side of the molding. 
Fig.8 Wood filler on corners
Fig.9 Wood filler dried
Fig.10 Dried wood filler

How to Hang a Pre-hung Door:

  • Part 1 of 15 Introduction Why Replace This Garage Door
  • Part 2 of 15 Removing The Damaged Door
  • Part 3 of 15 Door Hardware Removed
  • Part 4 of 15 Door Threshold Removal
  • Part 5 of 15 Installing Door
  • Part 6 of 15 Recycled Metal Removed
  • Part 7 of 15 Caulking Outside Door Edges
  • Part 8 of 15 New Door Hardware Installed
  • Part 9 of 15 Caulking Door Screws Holes
  • Part 10 of 15 Inside Door Mud
  • Part 11 of 15 Inside Door Taping
  • Part 12 of 15 Inside Door Painted
  • Part 13 of 15 Applying Stucco To Door Edge
  • Part 14 of 15 Exterior Door Molding
  • Part 15 of 15 Old Door Cut to Trash

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