|HOME||Prev: Hanging a Door||Next: Entry Doors|
Door casing, or trim, finishes the look of a newly installed door and updates the style of an older doorway. Care must be taken when installing casing, as the main purpose isn't decorative, it's functional. Casing conceals gaps between the door jamb and the rough opening. If you are installing a new door, the casing may come mounted on one side of a pre-hung door. If you choose to replace existing trim, you will need to remove it with a pry bar and a hammer.
Tools and Supplies needed:
Basic tool kit and items on this page.
2. Attaching The Trim
Adjusting the Miter
If you need to make adjustments, use a sanding sponge to gently remove material and shape the miter.
Design options: Casing is available in a variety of design styles and profile options, from square-edged designs to colonial-style molding. Rosette blocks, decorative squares that butt the casing pieces at the top corners of the door, are a great Victorian-style option that eliminates the need to miter the ends of the trim.
Painting before installation: If you are using paint-grade door casing, you may want to paint the pieces before you cut to length and install. Use semi-gloss paint for door casing. Flat paint is harder to clean, and flat painted casing will show any dirty fingerprints.
|Top of Page||HOME||Prev: Hanging a Door||Next: Entry Doors|
Saturday, August 30, 2008 16:26 PST