House Rebuild Part 2 – How do you hang doors??? | P1V5 | ShortWorx

I’m a first-time home buyer with no experience of renovations and I have no idea what I’m doing…how hard can it be? Watch my vlog of the House rebuilding stage part 2…

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In the bedrooms I had to rebuild the walls below the bay windows. I built 3 ladder frames with studding at 400mm centres ensuring they were square then moved them into position. I thought this would be better than trying to build in situ. The spirit level ensured they were level and I fixed them to the joists and exterior studding. Previously there was no insulation in these walls so I made sure to add 100mm of mineral wool insulation followed by a vapour barrier and covered with plasterboard/drywall.

The floor joists in the back bedroom where the chimney breast had been professionally removed were now unsupported and needed to be replaced. To lift the floorboard, I cut along the tongues and cross cut over a joist, making sure to stagger the cuts over various joists. In hindsight, I should have used dust extraction! I cut the old joists out and used them to double up the existing structure which will now support the new joists. Hangers supported the new joists to the old structure at one end and they rested on the brick work at the other end.

The 9mm sheets of MDF were used for the door stops which also covered the screw holes, cut to rough width using the circular saw and cut to final dimensions at the table saw. I fixed them to the frames with polyurethane glue and 16 gauge nails.

Before hanging the doors I watched an excellent video called “How to hang a door” on Tommy’s Trade Secrets. The 6 panel doors are lightweight so I used 2 76mm hinges however the glazed doors are much heavier and required 3 102mm hinges. I prefer fire rated hinges as they’re good quality and reasonably priced. The upper hinges are 150mm from the top, the lower hinges are 230mm from the bottom and the middle hinge is centred between them. I like to mortice the hinges in the door and frame using the router and straight edge guide, ensuring the hinges are on the non lock side of the door. The flat door frame makes it much easier to move the router around and provides a firm base. Next I fitted the handle and latch to the door which enabled me to mark the location for the catch on the opposite side of the frame. I drew around the latch and mortised out so it sat flush.

Next I created the trim using MDF sheets, 18mm for skirting/base boards and 25mm for door architraves. I ripped to 70mm wide, again using a circular saw initially to make them more manageable followed by the table saw to cut them to the final dimension. A 12mm radius round over bit in the router gave the edges a nice detail, I then primed with acrylic primer. I’m not sure if making trim myself was the best idea but it was 80% cheaper than buying premade trim with minimal difference in finish but much more time consuming. I attached the skirting/base board to the walls using 50mm 16 gauge finish nails into the 25mm battens where possible. If there weren’t any battens to attach to I first glued plywood blocks to the brickwork, waited for it to dry and nailed into the blocks. Initially I used a cheap non-solvent adhesive that cured rigid but the blocks fell off after the slightest tap. I reattempted using a higher quality solvent adhesive which cured slightly flexible and they bonded stronger than the plywood lamination. The architraves were fixed to the frames with more solvent adhesive and 50mm nails, the mitre joints were also glued with polyurethane adhesive.

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(01:13) DeWalt D25323K-GB 3.4kg 240V SDS Plus Hammer Drill
(03:53) Bosch GLL 3-80P Laser Level
(04:07) DeWalt D23550 240V 165mm Circular Saw
(05:39) DeWalt D26204K 240v Plunge and Fixed Base 2 in 1 1/4″ Router
(05:55) DeWalt DC727 18v Combi Drill
(06:50) DeWalt DC925 18v Combi Drill
(08:14) Bostitch BOSFN1664E FN1664-e 16ga Finish Nailer
(08:41) Makita VC2010L Wet and Dry L Class 20L Dust Extractor
(08:46) DeWalt DW745 240V 250mm Table Saw
(08:46) Record Power DX1000 240v Dust Extractor
(09:08) Makita MLS100 240V 255mm Mitre Saw (Dewalt DE7023 Universal Mitre Saw Stand)

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Post time: 10-13-2017