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How to install door trim.
Tools / Materials (See Below for
Carpenter's framing square
Carpenter's torpedo level / small level
Wooden miter saw box and handsaw
Power miter saw
Trim finish nails
White caulking tube
Flexible joint knife
With installing a door and its frame comes
installing the complementary door trim. Door trim helps define
the door and give it a finishing look.
Caution: When dealing with sharp objects, such as a
saw, make sure you take precautions;
read all product manufacturer instructions.
Installing door trim can be done in a few steps,
and here's how:
Ensure that the
door frame sides (head, latch and hinge sides) are level, first
and foremost, using a small carpenter's level; if not, add or
otherwise adjust the shims between the sides and the structural
opening of the house to which the frame is attached.
Ensure that the
latch and hinge door frame sides are each square to the head
door frame side, using a carpenter's framing square by placing
it against such sides, side by side (i.e., latch to head sides
and then hinge to head sides), to accomplish such a task; if
not, add or otherwise adjust the shims between the sides and the
structural opening of the house to which the frame is attached.
With a tape
measure, measure the length of the latch, hinge and top door
frame sides, and write these respective measurements down with a
pencil on a sheet of paper. Having the side trim placed
against the hinge frame side, determine the extent of what the
reveal will be; mark the reveal of each frame side in four spots
along its length.
Cut the side
trims to the determined written-down measurements of the latch,
hinge and top door frame sides, and, at the same time, in
consideration of the reveal points, also make the
necessary 45-degree cuts of the top ends of the latch and hinge
trim sides and at both ends of the top side trim with the use of
a wooden miter saw box and handsaw--all so that these side trims
will ultimately join, when finished, in conformity as perfect
corners at the very top of the trim scheme. (For cutting
angle cuts of the trim for more than one doorway, you might
consider buying a power miter saw, as with practice, it
efficiently enables one to make professional cuts in no time.)
As may be needed,
use coarse sandpaper to sand away any rough, uneven parts of the
trim sides just previously cut to size.
Now, with the use
of a hammer and trim finish nails, go ahead and tack the trim
sides together around the door frame, starting with the latch
and hinge trim sides and then the top trim side, so that, as
previously noted, these side trims join in conformity to make
perfect corners at the very top of the trim scheme. (The
trim sides should be flush against the door frame sides.)
The trim finish nails should be hammered in below the surface of
every trim side about every six inches apart.
With a caulking
gun, cocked with a caulking tube of white caulking, fill in the
crevices/gaps found between the trim sides and the walls, and
use some drywall compound with a joint knife to cover up the
nails and nail impressions so as to become flush with the
surface of the trim sides.
That's how to install
door trim. When you're ready, you can paint the trim and the
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