Pennsylvania Limestone Farmhouse Renovations to an 1863 farmhouse built of limestone

July 22, 2012

Installing the Front Door – Part I

Filed under: Front door — Duane Diefenbach @ 9:23 pm

Upon return from our vacation Mom and Dad were here for a day to help me start installing the front door (although I’m not sure that’s why they stayed!). The first step was to remove the temporary front door, which was a purchase at the Habitat for Humanity ReStore and was a “beautiful” Penn State blue. When the house was built the door rough-in was 74″ wide x 96-1/2″ high and temporary framing was installed so that we could hang this temporary door.

Removing the door meant cutting sheetrock on the inside and removing trim and cutting the siding on the outside. The resulting opening was pretty big!

Then we had to get the door frame out of the workshop and to the worksite.

Now for problem number one. The rough-in width was 2″ too narrow!! I didn’t want to make a new door frame (simply modifying the frame was not possible because of the construction with mortises, tenons, blah, blah, blah). Could we remove one of the king studs framing the doorway?  If you look at this old post you can see a photo where there are 4 studs on the right and 3 on the left, Given that the plate from which the 2nd-floor joists were hung above the doorway  extended past the door frame, I think we’re ok with 3 studs on the right and 2 on the left. So we removed a stud on either side and the door frame fits!

Once the frame was plumb and level we shimmed and screwed it to the studs.  Then we installed the windows and a zipper door. Do you like the 150-year-old glass?!

Next up is hanging the door.

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