How to Install a Steel Door and Frame


The installation of steel door and the frame for the safety is the good project to be considered. A door and frame will often come as the set making process easier. After this project is completed you are been able to take rest comfortably to know that you are much safe from the intruders or of a fire.

Materials Required

  • Shims
  • Steel door and a frame kit
  • 1 1/2″ screw
  • Metal studs
  • 2? screws
  • Wall board
  • Screw driver

  • Plaster skim coating
  • Wall board tape
  • Tools Required
  • Pry bar
  • Hammer
  • Coping saw
  • Drill with a bit set
  • 8p nails

Step One: Removing the Existing Door with Frame and Molding

Place the pry bar between existing wall and the molding at top and then gently pull mold away from wall until it is loose. Repeat at bottom of molding.

Repeat this process until molding is fully removed. Repeat around existing doorway. Push the hinge pin out of hinge and then remove door. Unscrew hinges, and then remove. If door jam frames are first screwed in place then turn drill in reverse and back screws out. Remove the jams sill and frames.

Step Two:  Framing the Wall

If wall you work is structural to make sure that it is supported by a two nailed together 2×4 stock in side wall. Remove two studs on the either side of new door frame openings then replace with the metal stud. Screw directly in to existing sill and the header wall framings with 1 ½” screw. Add blockings where necessary in supporting door systems.

Step Three: Place Door

With aid of the helper, place bottom of door in to door opening and then tilt up in to place using shim to level and to orient door squarely at its place. Then pre hung door packages can come with the interior support to keep door package squares. Leave all these in a place for a moment. If existing floor is in intact then measure from finished floor to top of sill for finished heights. Do not then measure from finished carpets.

Step Four: Shimming Door

Use thin sheet of shingles or shims by slowly bring door in to plumb and then level by manipulating shims on the both sides of doorframe between frame and the metal studs. Repeat the same for header portion of frame and to floor. You may want to be close but do not worry if you are off by just a bit. The levels and the plumb reading may change slightly as you will screw door and then frame in to the metal stud so few adjustments are likely to proceed.

Step Five: Screwing Frame

Use the screw provided in pre hung the package or 2 screws begin to screw them in lockset side of frame in to metal studs. Screw just about the half way in to studs is enough to support package in a place at top and at bottom. Adjust shims at sill and lock set sides of frame. Repeat on hinge side of package. Adjust the shim and make sure door is in level, plumb then it opens easily. Tighten screws and remove manufacturer’s frame braces.

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About the Author: Jason Prickett loves to write about home maintenance and stuff you can do yourself instead of hiring any professional. His step by step guides will assist you in completing your home maintenance tasks.

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