Door Threshold / September 18, 2018 / Pauline Francoeur
With the rough opening clean and prepped for the new door and jamb move the system into place as one with door hung on hinges. Temporarily shim the side jambs tight top and bottom ends in the rough opening. Temporary shims at the bottom hinge may also be required to straighten door sag. The top hinge will sag just be aware that you will compensate for it later with shims and a screw to snug it when the door is installed permanently. Use of a level isnt necessary just align the jambs flush with the interior plaster and shift shims to square the door in the jambs with even spacing reveal.
Then re-assemble door system and re-shim into the indexed positions in the rough opening. At last now fasten jambs to the cinderblock with the masonry screws using shims at each screw location. Fine tune screw adjustments by wedging the shims to get the reveals around the door even. Adjust top and bottom jamb shims as necessary. Open and close door to check touching the weather stripping evenly top to bottom for any possible jambs twist. Some slight remaining jambs twist can be adjusted by persuading the jambs with a block and a hammer. Be careful. Now nail the shims permanently in position with a pneumatic nail gun shooting squarely into the cinderblock. Dont worry the nails should sink into the cinderblock as long as they are the proper length and are nailed squarely and firmly.
In addition many door protectors and jamb protectors are reusable so the long term cost for protection is even less. The front entryway including the door jambs and threshold is the focal point of your clients home. It sets the tone and expectation for the rest of the home and it can add or detract curb appeal. Entryways have been important dating as far back to the Greeks. According to Jesse Nevins of Coastal Carolina University "To ancient Greeks doors were considered sacred and surrounded with superstition. So much so that doors and the comprising parts had their own deities.