Do You Need Easier Access to Your Garage?
Anyone who has a workbench or does projects in their garage knows how much of a hassle it is to go in and out of the space through the large, retractable garage door and how even walking through the home to an interior door is a lot of extra effort. Opening and closing the main garage door can be difficult and leaving it open can let warm summer air into an otherwise cool home.
Luckily, adding an exterior door in the garage is simple and can make doing projects in this space that much easier.
Materials and Tools for a Garage Entry Door:
– Exterior pre-hung door
– Cedar shims
– Exterior trim
– Latex caulk
– Wood filler
– Doorknob hardware
– 12d casing nails
– 16d finishing nails
– Measuring tape
– Flat pry bar
– Utility Knife
– Caulk gun
– Nail set
– 4′ level
– Safety glasses
– Work gloves
Directions for Installing a Garage Entry Door:
1. Install Support Beams: It is important to note that making modifications to a load bearing wall is not for the inexperienced builder. Because many states often require a building permit for this type of work, it may be in your best interest to seek the help of a professional to prep the wall for the installation of the door.
2. Prepare to Create the Doorway: Once the support beams have been added, it is important to accurately measure how large of a space is needed for the door. Make sure to measure the width between side jams as well as the head jam and the threshold of the door. Also take measurements of the thickness of the wall. Add at least one inch of space both taller and wider than the new door’s outside frame.
3. Test Fit the New Door: Once the measurements and cuts have been made, making sure the opening is level and straight, insert the new door with the shipping brackets still attached. Making sure the door is center (add shims as needed) make a mark at the top of the door at the brick lintel and remove the door.
4. Install the New Door: Using latex caulk, run two thick beads along the sub-seal at the door’s bottom opening. Then, run an additional zig-zag bead between the two thick beads. Placing the door bottom first, lift the door into the opening and slowly tilt the door into position. Use shims to help keep the door straight, installing them on the non-hinge side of the door. Temporarily nail the door into place using the hinge jam near the hinge locations. Once the door is straight and flush on all sides, permanently secure the door in place using cement screws, making sure to trim any excess shims with a utility knife.
5. Install Door Hardware and Seal: After removing the shipping braces, attach the hinges to the door frame using long-anchor screws. Also install the doorknob if it has not been pre-installed. Using latex caulk and wood filler, seal around the edges of the door and fill in any holes left by screws or nails. Paint desired colors and enjoy your new garage door!
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