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How to Hang French Doors
Tools Needed
1 level
2 work gloves
3 drywall knife
4 tape measure
5 caulking gun
6 hammer
7 paintbrushes
8 safety goggles
9 nail gun
10 caulk
11 paint
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Materials Needed
1 joint compound
2 mesh drywall sheets
3 shims
4 spackle
5 junction box cover plate
6 pre-hung French doors
7 drywall sheets
8 finish nails
9 primer
10 faced insulation batts
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$50-$100
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Skill Level: Advanced
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Project Overview

How to Hang French Doors

Whether used inside or as external doors, installing French doors makes a huge difference in your home. French doors are a beautiful focal point, and they look elegant while allowing a lot of light to enter the room. Installing French doors will take some time, probably about a weekend, but it is a change you can easily make to modify the entire feel of your home. If you have been dreaming of installing French doors in your home, waive installation costs, and set aside a weekend to do it yourself.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Remove Old Frame

How to Hang French Doors

Before you can start installing your new doors, you will need to remove the old door frame. To do this, carefully pry the frame from the wall, being careful not to damage the door’s trim. While you are removing them, number each piece of trim so you can remember where each piece belongs when you are replacing it after you install your new frame.

2

Ensure The Wall Is Secure And Sturdy

How to Hang French Doors

Do not continue with installation before making sure the wall is secure and sturdy. If you need to add any studs or horizontal nailers to more efficiently support your drywall, do it now. You want to be sure the wall is strong enough to support the new frame and doors. This is also the time to make sure that the opening is square.

3

Insulate

How to Hang French Doors

If your French doors are external, you will need to use insulation to fill in the stud cavities. Be sure to wear gloves and a mask to install your insulation, and make sure the vapor barrier is facing toward the indoor room. Staple the insulation in place, and if it is unfaced use a polyethylene vapor barrier.

4

Lay Drywall

How to Hang French Doors

Use drywall screws to secure your first sheet of drywall in place. Then use drywall mesh over any cracks to make the surface smooth. Once you are satisfied, use joint compound to smooth over the seams.

5

Put Your New Frame Into Place

Once you have your drywall installed and smoothed, lift your new French doors into position. See how the frame fits and determine what adjustments need to be made. Check to be sure everything is level and plumb before you secure anything into place.

6

Use Shims To Ensure Tight Fit

Insert shims anywhere there are spaces between the door opening and the new frame. You want to be sure the door is as tight as possible so that everything remains level, plumb, and well insulated. Make sure the new door frame has a tight and secure fit before moving on to the next step.

7

Tack Door Into Place

Now that the frame is in place, you want to keep it in place, so tack it in place enough o hold the frame. Do not fully secure the door, but lightly tack it into place so that it allow you to continue making necessary adjustments.

8

Ensure That The Doors Fit

Now that your frame is in place, you want to make sure that the French doors fit into it correctly. Test the doors to make sure they will open and close easily.

9

Make Necessary Adjustments

At this point, you want to check to make sure your door is level and plumb. If it is not, now is the time to make any adjustments, before you fully secure the door in place.

10

Secure Frame Tightly

Once all of the needed adjustments are made, use screws to permanently secure the frame into place. Make sure it is tightly secure and that it remains level and plumb as you secure it.

11

Hang Doors

Since you know that the frame is level and plumb, it should be easy to hang the French doors. You should not have to make any adjustments, but if you have any trouble opening and closing the doors, make any adjustment that are necessary.

12

Install Hardware

It is time for the final touches. Use the manufacturer’s instructions to install doorknobs and your lock.

Conclusion

If you are looking for a great focal point to brighten up a room, you should definitely consider installing French doors. They are a classic that will never go out of style, and they are a really great option if you like to bring the feel of the outdoors into your home. Although it is such a big change to your room and home, you can install them yourself if you choose. It will just take a weekend to transform your home with some gorgeous French doors.

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    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
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    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Estimated Price: $299.00+
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    ArmabyTek Series Modern Double Composite French Door in a Cherry Color Measuring 71 in. by 96 in. with Double Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Estimated Price: $299.00+
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    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Estimated Price: $299.00+
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    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Estimated Price: $299.00+
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    ArmabyTek Series Traditional Double Composite French Door in a white Color Measuring 72 in. by 80 in. with Single Bore Prep
    FocusPoint Systems French Door is a hinged, inswinging patio door with the highest-quality materials and strong tempered glass. A variety of designs are available to match the layout of your home and patio, including art glass options, exterior frame colors, and interior hardware finishes like stone, brass, or oak. All wood panels are coated with high-durability finishes, ensuring you a maintenance-free, permanent addition to your home.This door is not only beautiful, it will increase the energy efficiency of your home with energy star-rated construction and weatherstripping for a seal that will help control both heating and cooling costs. The gorgeous frame has a wood core and fiberglass exterior for maximum durability and aesthetic appeal. Hinged inswing double-pane glass door with adjustable hardware fits any standard opening, and customization is available in 1/8” increments.
    Estimated Price: $299.00+
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Questions And Answers

What is the difference between a French door and a patio door?

There are some differences between French doors and Patio doors. The main difference is how these doors open. A French door will open outward, such as conventional doors do. However, a patio door slides along a track and then opens at the side. Both doors provide you with excellent ventilation.

How do you measure for a French door?

Measure the height and width of your current door, round the number up. For example, you wud round 81.5 up to 82. Now, measure the width of the jamb. To do this, measure the back of the trim on the interior to the back of the exterior trim.

Why is it called a French door?

When French doors orignated was during the 17th Century. When they first came about they were actually not doors at all, but rather large windows to allow more light for homes to be lit longer than before. These windows eventually turned into doors, thus the French door came into play.

How much does it cost to replace a sliding glass door with French doors?

The price will vary greatly. You will need to have the frame installed where the gap used to be for the sliding door to slide into the wall. After that, the only cost that you will have is the cost and installation of the door that French doors you choose.

How much does it cost to put in a French door?

On the low side, you cant expect to have to spend about $500. This price can range upwards of this depending on where you live and the size of the doors that are being installed. You will also have the cost of the door. Installing yourself will save you money.

Do French doors open out or in?

There are many types of French doors. You can get them that swing inwards or you can get the ones that swing outwards. There are various brands and benefits of each type.

How do you install French patio doors?

You want to install French patio doors. You will take the current door off, clean debris away, measure the door and frame it, put the bottom in first, add in new door frame and assembly, trim shims and add door and trim detailing.

What is considered a French door?

A French door is usually defined as one pair of doors that have glass panes which extend throughout the length of the doors. The amount of glass could vary, however.

Can you replace a sliding glass door with French doors?

There are many people who want to replace their sliding glass doors with French doors. This can be done and it can make your entryway more beautiful as well.

Can you replace a sliding glass door with French doors?

There are many people who want to replace their sliding glass doors with French doors. This can be done and it can make your entryway more beautiful as well.

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