Clinton Handyman - Door and Trim Replacement
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Door, Trim, and Molding Installation and Replacement
Looking for someone to replace doors and replace trim and moldings in your home? Project Completion provides handyman services and home improvement to the greater Clinton, MA area. Complete interior service for interior door replacement, door trim, window trim, baseboard, and other trim moldings. Get your "To-Do" list done quickly and easily. If you don't have the time or the inclination to tackle the project, please contact me, I'll get it done for you.
Sampling of Projects for My Clinton Home
- Door Lock Replacement
- Door Repair, Replacement, and Installation
- Hardware Replacement
- Interior Door Replacement
- Interior Door and Window Trim
- Interior Painter
- Lock Replacement
- Molding and Finish Trim
- Trim Repair and Replacement
- Weather Stripping Services
What Are Some Of The Types Of Doors?Doors are typically defined using several terms: exterior vs interior, door size, door panels, core: solid or hollow, hinge side: left-hand or right hand, and exterior door swing: inswing or outswing. In newer built homes, doors have a standard minimum height of 80 inches. In older homes, you may find the doors to be only be 78 inches in height. Standard walk-thru door widths are typically 30" (2/6), 32" (2/8) and 36" (3/0). In the trade, door widths are measured in feet and inches. So, a 30" door width is 2 feet - 6 inches or 2/6.
Door panels refer to the number of panels in the door. A very popular choice is a 6-panel door. Another popular option is to get a "flush" door, one with no panels. When selecting a door, you have a choice of getting a solid core door or a hollow core door. Solid core doors have solid material from one side of the door to the opposite side. Hollow core doors have a front and rear facing material that is typically about an 1/8" thick. Inside the core, heavy cardboard is stood on edge and glued between the two inside faces of the facing material in a large honeycomb fashion.
Doors have hinges on one side and the knob/lever and latch on the other side. To determine the proper swing of the door, stand facing the outside of the door. If the hinge is on the left side and the door opens away from you, it is a left-hand inswing door. If the hinge is on the right side and the door opens away from you, it is a right-hand inswing door.
How Are Doors Installed and Repaired?Popular types of doors include standard walk-thru doors, bi-fold doors, and by-pass doors. Walk-thru doors are standard in most homes. Bi-fold and by-pass doors are used in closets with wide openings. Bi-fold doors open to give the greatest amount of access to the closet. By-pass doors, by their nature, only allow access the one-half the closet at a time.
A standard door is typically hung from three hinges on one side with a knob or lever and latch on the other side. A common repair item on these doors is when the door does not close and latch properly. Depending on the situation, adjustment of the hinges or strike plate will be necessary and is best accomplished by someone with experience.
A bi-fold door sits in a notched pivot bracket that is attached to the door jamb near the floor. The door also has an adjustable pivot bracket, a pivot, and top guide wheel that sits in a channel at the top of the door attached to the head jamb. When a bi-fold door becomes misaligned and does not operate properly, it is most often the top adjustable pivot bracket that needs to be adjusted. This is done by loosening the screw in the bracket and sliding the bracket, and door, along the channel until the door is in the proper position. Then tighten the screw in the bracket. If the bottom of the door is out of alignment, simply pick up the door so the bottom notched pivot raises above the notched floor bracket and slide left or right to the proper position and then lower. If the door height requires adjustment, turn the bottom notched pivot in the proper direction to raise or lower the door.
By-pass doors hang from a double-channel that is attached to the closet head jamb. Each door has two adjustable hangers. These hangers allow overall height adjustment of the door as well as alignment adjustment with the side jambs. Adjustments are made on the back of the by-pass doors, working from inside the closet.
What Is The Difference Between Door Knobs And Door Levers?There are basically two different styles of door handles: knobs and levers. Knobs have round handles while levers have elongated and sometimes curved handles. In both cases, there are four different levels of functionality offered.
- Entry Lock - has a keyed lock for exterior doors
- Bed/bath Privacy - latching and locking knob/lever for interior bedroom and bathroom doors
- Hall/Closet Passage - latching and non-locking knob/lever for interior hall and closet doors
- Dummy - is surface mounted on closet doors where only a pull is required. Non-turning knob/lever where latching in not required
What Are The Types of Interior Trim?Starting at floor level, the trim at the bottom of the wall is called baseboard. A small piece of molding attached to the baseboard and covering any gaps around the edge of the floor is called shoe base. Moving up from there about one-third the height of the wall, if you have a piece of trim running around the room it is called chair rail. If the bottom portion of the wall has solid wood panels, it is called wainscoting; if you have rectangular frames it is called picture framing. Moving up to the ceiling, you may have crown molding running around the room. Door and windows have two major pieces of trim, the jambs and the casings. Jambs are the pieces that run from one side of the wall to the other side, front-to-back. Casings are the moldings that attach the jambs to the walls and frame a door or window.
Can I Replace Just A Door And Not All The Trim Pieces?Yes, the piece of a door assembly that swings open and closed is called a door slab. You can install a new door slab without replacing the door jambs and door casings. This type of replacement is ideal when the trim is in good condition and just the door slab needs to be updated or replaced. Sometimes people will tell you to get a pre-hung unit because everything will be new. Sometimes people will tell you to get a pre-hung unit because it is easier to install than just a door slab. Understand all your options before making a decision.
Do You Offer Other Services In Addition To Door and Trim Replacement?Yes! While updating your room with new closet doors, you may decide it is time to install a new closet organizer. Painted doors typically come with a primed finish, those doors require a topcoat of paint. I provide complete interior painting services for all your doors, windows, and trim, as well as your ceilings and walls. Looking for a new storm door or do you need to get a pet door installed? I do that too. I offer a wide range of handyman and home improvement services. See below for more details.
Home Improvement Projects and Home Repair ServicesLooking to find a local handyman in your area who will perform your work with care and skill? If you need something installed, repaired, or replaced - contact me to get your projects completed. Handyman home repair and home improvement done right! Specializing in Quality Interior Work in several categories including:
- Closet Organizer Installation
- Home Repairs
- Interior "To-Do" Lists
- Interior Painting
- Pet Door Installation
- Storm Door Installation
- Handyman Services, Home Repair and Interior Painting
Please contact me, your local handyman, if you have any questions or are ready to schedule work.