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Step by step guide on how to install a new exterior door

Installing a new exterior door can be a challenging but rewarding DIY project. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you through the process:

  1. Measure the opening: Measure the width and height of the opening where you will install the door. Make sure the measurements are accurate to ensure that the door fits properly.

  2. Purchase the door: Purchase a new exterior door that fits the opening size and matches the style and material of your home. Make sure that the door comes with a frame and all necessary hardware.

  3. Prepare the opening: Remove the old door and frame, and clean the opening thoroughly. Check for any damage or rot, and repair it as needed.

  4. Install the sill pan: Install a sill pan or flashing to prevent water from getting under the door. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation.

  5. Install the frame: Install the new frame, starting with the sill. Make sure it is level and square, and use shims to adjust if necessary. Nail the frame in place.

  6. Install the hinges: Attach the hinges to the door using screws. Hold the door in place against the frame, and mark the hinge locations on the frame. Use a chisel to create recesses for the hinges, and attach them to the frame with screws.

  7. Install the door: Place the door into the frame and check for proper fit. Adjust the shims as needed to ensure a level and plumb door. Use screws to attach the hinges to the frame.

  8. Install the hardware: Install the lockset, deadbolt, and any other hardware that came with the door. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation.

  9. Insulate and caulk: Apply insulation around the frame to prevent drafts. Apply caulk around the frame and any gaps to prevent water and air leaks.

  10. Test the door: Test the door by opening and closing it several times to ensure proper operation. Make any necessary adjustments to the hardware.

Congratulations, you have successfully installed a new exterior door!

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