Taunton's Build Like a Pro: Windows and Doors: Expert Advice from Start to Finish

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by: Scott McBride

Topics include: continuous side flashing, trowel filler, primary jamb, free shellac, fine nylon abrasive pad, wood conditioner, hinged single door, rabbeted stool, one coat per day, strip off the old finish, jamb extensions, spot filler, casement sill, last sanding, jamb liners, nylon abrasive pads, vinyl replacement windows, mineral spirits for oil, stave core, hinged double doors, paint pads, flashing kits, deck treatments, tape balances, parting beads

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Book Description -- A frequent contributor to Fine Homebuilding magazine, Scott McBride offers this comprehensive guide covering all aspects of an often daunting task. Step-by-step instructions take the homeowner through each process, including prepping and adjusting basic and specialized types of doors and windows. Lavishly illustrated with 225 color photos and 114 color illustrations, the book features tips, shortcuts, and advice on solving common challenges cut even difficult jobs down to manageable size.

Great book for installing doors -- I've been trying to find all the information I can on the tricks to hanging doors. You won't find all the answers in one book, but this one has a lot of information on how to solve problems. I might add that there is a very good video by "Tom Law, Installing Doors and Windows" that gives you a good idea of how to properly hang doors. Seeing someone in action is a lot easier than reading a book. I've read this particular book 3 times now looking for all of the tricks of the trade. If you are like me, you've installed a door and said, "why is it doing that?". If you can identify a problem or prevent one, then that can save you a great deal of time. This book deals with a lot of issues, like out of plumb walls and cross legged jambs. I would also add "Gary Katz, installing and hanging doors" book to your library and you will have 3 fine sources to become a professional installer. I have all 3 and have recently installed 2 perfect exterior doors. I'm not a pro yet, but I am a lot closer. There is a lot of satistaction in installing a door correctly. Have fun.

Windows and Doors Like a Pro! -- Once again 'Build Like A Pro' series by Taunton Press, publishers of Fine Homebuilding, has produced another fine book. This 'coffee table' size book has plenty of what makes the 'Build Like A Pro' series a success. Overall this is a very pleasant book to look through; great layout, lots of photos, and step-by-step details. If you are new to construction and want to replace some of your own doors and windows, I am sure you will find this book very useful. If you are like me, and have a background in construction, I think you will still find a few great ideas to utilize. Nearly every page offers a sidebar where you can learn a tip or two including; tools and materials, tips from a pro, what can go wrong, and much more. The photos are top notch and often a detailed sketch is provided to help explain a step in the process. I have yet to see a 'Build Like A Pro' book that hasn't been well worth the price. Good luck with your window and door installation!


Excellent book with lots of details -- I'm a homeowner with plenty of construction experience...at least that's what I thought until reading this book. The author provides plenty of time saving tips for installing windows and doors in both new and old construction. I just finished my basement and wish I would have read this book a few months ago; It would have saved me a lot of effort.

When I started out as a young building contractor twenty-five years ago, I found that there were many things I could figure out on my own. There's a wonderful commonsense accessibility to carpentry that we first experience as kids playing with wooden blocks: "First you build the floor, then the walls ..." It was different, however, when it came to millwork, the collective term builders use to denote all prefabricated woodwork, especially windows and doors. That's where things got really complicated, so I needed help.

I was fortunate to have a millwork maven at my local lumberyard. Jim Schlicting was a gentleman of vast experience in the business of getting the right window into the hands of a builder or homeowner. He probably couldn't hammer a nail, but he knew millwork from A to Z, and he was a good teacher. "The width comes first, kid, then the height. Door swing is taken from the outside, facing the door. Draw a little diagram if there's any doubt," he told me. As the years passed, Jim guided me through the arcane world of in-swing casements, extended sill horns, and reversible prehung doors.

I had teachers in the field as well. Frank Kelly was a burly Irishman who could open a six-foot folding rule to its full length in one graceful flourish. He laughed when he saw me taking measurements for the leg casings of a door. Tucking his pencil behind his ear, he deftly mitered one end of the trim, stood it upside down against the previously installed head casing, and ticked off a cut mark. "Don't measure unless ya hafta," he instructed. Frank was a door hanger of the old school; most carpenters today shoot for a J-in. gap between the door and the jamb, but Frank's standard was the thickness of a dime.

In this book, I'll share the gist of what I've learned about this complex, sometimes tedious, but always critical aspect of building and remodeling. Such a book cannot hope to be comprehensive, especially considering the explosion of new options and materials in today's rapidly changing millwork industry. But with such a valuable commodity at stake, a primer on millwork seems eminently worthwhile. Pound for pound, doors and windows are the most costly architectural components in a home, with the possible exception of cabinetry. A little knowledge will go a long way when you peruse the Andersen catalog or Home Depot delivers your new patio door. Hopefully, this book will shed some light on a difficult subject. The rest is up to you

Hands-on advice for the homeowner
With the hands-on advice of veteran carpenter Scott McBride, you'll be able to replace or repair doors and windows like a pro. Detailed step-by-step instructions, photos, and drawings take you through each step of your door and window projects, including special installations.

You'll learn how to choose the right doors, windows, and skylights for the look you want and for energy efficiency. You'll also learn how to frame the rough opening, set doors and windows level, and make exterior installations weathertight. Tips, shortcuts and advice on how to solve common problems cut these challenging jobs down to manageable size. Scott McBride turns what has the potential to be a tedious, complex task into a project you can approach with confidence. This comprehensive guide covers: .
interior door units .
exterior doors .
new doors in old frames .
fixing door problems .
storm and screen doors .
new windows .
repairing windows .
storm and screen windows .
interior trim for doors and windows .

Hands-on advice for the homeowner

Choosing and Specifying Doors
Door Operating Systems
Styles and Materials
Ordering Doors

Installing Interior Doors
Preparing the Opening
Installing a Prehung Door

Installing Complex Interior Doors
Installing a Pair of Prehung Doors
Installing a Set of Four-Panel Bifold Doors
Installing a Bypass Closet Door
Installing a Pocket Door

Installing Exterior Doors
Framing a Door Opening in a New Exterior Wall
Cutting an Opening in an Existing Exterior Wall
Prepping an Exterior Door Opening
Installing a Prehung Exterior Door
Finishing the Exterior

Installing Complex Exterior Doors
Installing Prehung French Doors
Installing Center-Hinged Patio Doors
Installing Sliding Patio Doors
Installing Storm and Secondary Doors

New Doors in Old Frames
Fitting a New Door to an Existing Opening
Hinging a New Door to an Existing Frame
Installing Locksets and Deadbolts

Fixing Door Problems
Adjusting Doors for a Better Fit
Weatherstripping Door Jambs
Sealing Door Bottoms
Repairing Doors

Choosing Windows
Window Operating Systems
Material Options
Glazing Options
Ordering Windows
Ordering Storm Windows and Screens

Installing Basic Windows
Framing a Window Opening
Prepping a Rough Opening for a Window
Installing a Wooden Casement
Installing a Clad Double-Hung Window
Installing a Sliding Window

Installing Complex Windows
Installing Bays and Bows
Installing Round-Top Windows

Repairing Windows
Tuning Up Old Windows
Replacing Sash Ropes
Reglazing Window Sashes
Replacing Double-Hung Sashes and Tracks
Installing Vinyl Replacement Windows

Choosing a Skylight
Framing and Finishing a Skylight Opening
Installing a Skylight in an Asphalt-Shingle Roof
Installing a Special Skylight

Interior Trim
Installing Jamb Extensions
Installing Door Trim
Installing Window Trim
Alternative Trim Styles


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