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