Before you get started deciphering the differences between Amerock hinges and the no-namers, and just what are strap hinges, flush hinges or self closing hinges, you have to know what type of cabinetry you are dealing with. Therefore, after taking all the appropriate measurements I designed a new larder (to fit the available space) based on the style of my grandmother’s 1950s larder and incorporated both the glass and enamel bread board from the original larder. For the new larder door I used a sheet of pine cutting a rectangular hole in the middle to fit the glass and rebated the edge of the hole with the router, as shown in the picture above. As part of the design I decided to use some of the small decorative glass panes and incorporate them into the two doors. Unless I can find old glass I have to use new which never looks and good as the old.
In this final example the glass for the two glass panelled doors was salvaged from the front porch when we renovated it and replaced the old small glass squares with larger glass windows; storing these small decorative panes in the shed in the event of possible future use. Although it may not be obvious from the photo I used the same method as for the built in larder mentioned above; namely cutting three squares into a sheet of pine for one of the doors and then repeating the process for the other door, each hole cut to size to fit each pane of decorative glass.
At the other end of the spectrum, front-end developer came in at No. 25, offering a work-life balance of 3.7 and salary of $75,000. The entire assembly is fastened into place, trim installed (although brick mold us usually already in place as well) and the door finished with paint as necessary. The photos used here are of a French door being installed, but again there is little difference between that and a regular door or an entrance door with a sidelight. It might be worth noting, before getting into the heavy work of replacing an entire door, that a broken door frame can often be repaired quite easily, saving both work and cost.
If you have decided to replace an entire door, however, or need to install a new prehung door into new framing, then read on for instructions. The sides of the door are now exposed; look carefully for the screws and/or nails fastening the door frame to the studs behind it. Remove any screws in the sides, top and bottom. If the door frame is held in place with nails it can be pried free with the crowbar, but this will most likely destroy the frame. The door and door jamb will come out as one piece, so make sure the door is closed (and preferably locked) so that it doesn’t swing open during removal.
Open and close the door to make sure it will open; installing the door only to find that it will not open because it’s screwed shut is not what you want to happen! Make sure that the door will clear any flooring, especially any hardwood flooring that has been installed after initial construction. Repeating the process with the shims, put three screws through the knob side of the door jamb, through a shim, and into the stud, checking the door swing with each screw. Using the expanding foam type of caulking, caulk the gaps between the door jamb and the studding. You’re done, although a very popular and useful accessory is a new storm door to go along with the new exterior door.