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7 Tips for Installing Interior Doors in Tampa

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A few recommendations for installing doors inside your home.

If you are planning to install new doors in your home, Peninsular Lumber has all the supplies you need to complete this DIY project. Peninsular Lumber offers a wide range of interior door types and styles.

The most popular doors manufactured by Peninsular Lumber include the following:

  • Faux-T board
  • Exterior doors
  • Hidden pocket door systems and pocket door hardware (including mortise and click hardware)
  • Hand-finished pine interior doors with solid wood edges, such as Ash, Cherry, or Maple.

Lumber for Interior Doors

Choose from several lumber types, from Canadian maple to American red oak. Made from kiln-dried lumber, Peninsular Lumber’s doors are durable and built to last.

Peninsular Lumber provides high-quality workmanship with a focus on the best customer service and shows prowess on how to install interior doors.

Our trained staff serves Tampa residents, homeowners, and DIYers. We go above and beyond to help customers find the door they want or custom-create it to their specifications.

Customization is our specialty. We also offer a “build to order” interior door customization service, in which Peninsular Lumber can create door styles to your liking.

The exterior of the doors is made from wood selected for its beauty and durability. The doors include bevels, corner blocks, and mortise, and tenon joinery for maximum strength and security.

7 Tips on How to Install Interior Doors

1) Place the pre-hung door into the door opening.

Insert the pre-hung door into the door opening.

Close the door and mark on each jamb where the hinge and latch come into contact with the wall. If your door is too big, adjust the hinges and latches so they will extend over the edge of the framing.

2) Set Shims in Place

Hide the bottom of the opening. This will help prevent damage to the floor due to clamps and screws. Remove all visible hardware from the front of the door.

Insert shims into the jamb on both sides of the door opening and insert a screw through each shim at both ends. Mark the location of each screw and remove shims when ready to install the door.

Install the Door Hinge Track Ledge into the Door Frame’s Hinge Hole.

Drill a hole for each nail using a brad-point bit.

Drill a hole through the jamb that meets the first hole drilled in the door frame.

Attach with two nails (penetrating entirely through the jamb).

4) Nail Hinge Side to Side and Level

Avoid damaging the jamb’s nailing surface.

Place shims above and below the door frame. Shift nails by 1/4 inch.

Install hinges with a 1/4″ gap—nail one hinge at each end of each side. Once the hinge is in place, nail it to the jamb at each end, then repeat with the other side. Once finished, the door should hang evenly left and right.

5) Put Shims on the Strike Side and Install the Strike Plate

Place shims at each end of the strike side and install the strike plate on the stud. The strike plate side should be flush with the framing.

After inserting the pin into the strike plate, lift the door slightly and tilt it inward. Put two screws on each side in a location that will not interfere with any hardware inside the frame or on the opposite jamb.

Lower the door and make sure it is even from left to right by placing a level across the top of the jamb. If a gap is found, add shims underneath the door frame and at the strike plate.

Once adjustments are made, tighten the door with two screws on each side. Next, level the door by loosening both hinges.

Place a level on top of the jamb and check to see that it is still level from left to right before reattaching the hinge.

Reattach the hinges with screws. Make sure that the door is level and that the strike side is flush with the framing.

6) Get Rid of Extra Shims

Remove the extra shims.

Install the door. Once the door is level and perpendicular to the framing, remove all extra shims and put them in a safe place until you need them.

7) Create a doorway

Buy a pair of bolt cutters with a long handle.

Put the bolt cutters at the end of their handles and use them to cut off the door frame at the two ends just installed.

Cut down from above and below where the nails were just inserted.

Visit Peninsular Lumber for all of Your Interior Door Needs

Peninsular Lumber offers interior door supplies to all of our customers. Our customers have the option to create designer doors, doors with hidden pockets and concealed hinges, and even double-sided doors.

We can also add custom options to our standard styles. For example, customers can choose oak or maple instead of pine for their interior doors.

The shorter the distance the door has to hang from the jamb, the faster and easier it is to install. Make sure you have enough space behind the door for hardware and flooring.

Peninsular Lumber is the number-one resource for lumber needs in Tampa Bay. This is thanks to our team’s dedication to design, service, and quality craftsmanship.

Peninsular Lumber’s goal is to provide top-quality lumber and lumber supplies at an affordable price. As a homeowner or custom home builder, you can trust that Peninsular Lumber has what you need to install interior doors.

Visit our lumber company in Tampa Bay today!