Install Guide | Dutch Doors

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All of our door frames are made of metal, but may flex and shift from the weight of the doors and the shape of your rough opening.


Warning - Before Install:

When damage is discovered after delivery, it should be reported to Pinky’s Iron Doors Customer Service immediately (within 3 days of delivery). Once contact has been made, consignee will file claim with carrier. Pinky’s Iron Doors will provide this information. The carrier may complete an inspection. Please hold the freight until resolution is given. Do not Install your door if there is damage upon un-packing & inspecting. Once a door has been installed, we will not be able to accept returns for repairs or for exchanges. Please also do not dispose of the packaging & pallet if there is damage. The original packaging, crate & pallet will be needed to ship the door back if necessary for repairs.


Possible damage example:

 

scratch damage example

How to Install Your Door

 

 

If you have not watched our videos on receiving your shipment or on storage, and you doors have either not arrived yet, or are being stored, click RECEIVING/PICKUP or STORAGE.


Notes

Very heavy

Requires 2 or more able bodies

Following instructions must be followed for warranty to be valid

Rough opening must be 1" to 2" wider and ½" to 1" taller minimum

Protect product at all times

  • NEVER leave uncovered
  • NEVER allow the product or shipping package to get wet
  • ATTENTION remove nails from crate prior to removing product to avoid scratching the product

Must be a licensed contractor

Store product correctly

  • Always remove shipping packaging when received
  • Always store in a dry and safe place using fabric padding
  • Never use shipping packages to store the product
  • Always wipe any moisture of product as moisture will cause product fnish to bubble and rust
  • Keep crate, pallet, and all packaging materials in case concealed damage is detected.

Hardware specifications

Hardware Specifications

Waterproofing preparations required before installation

Always follow waterproof manufacturers instructions and guidelines

Match Doors with Frames

Avoid Damage to Finish on Door and Frame

Doors are manufactured as one unit with their frames. If you have received multiple sets of the same size door, match the serial number of the frame with the door(s).

Refer to the CAD drawing that is on the packaging of the doors & frame (see below illustration). Ensure you match the entire serial & do not mix serial numbers between units. Hanging doors on the incorrectly matched frame can result in alignment issues.


 

Serial Number

 

Tools

Only use scissors and not a razor blade or knife while opening the packaging of your doors, windows, and frames. Blades of any sort can scratch the finish of the paint.

 


 

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Tips

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These doors are handmade and leveled at the factory by a few key points of the frame. Using a 12 inch level and never anything larger is necessary because the overall side that you’re measuring level mark on could be level while the specific leveling points could be off. A 12 inch level will show a level point’s reading more drastically than a large level. Watch the video above to see some examples of this.

 


 

 

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Overhang and Sill Pan

 

Make sure to follow your local building codes for weatherproofing. A drip edge and overhang are required. Your overhang should project as many inches from your wall as your door is tall, and extend at least the measurement of your door's width on both sides. We recommend adding flashing and a door sill pan at a minimum.

 


 

Overhang and Sill Pan Diagram

Overhang

All exterior units should have proper overhang, as specified in image shown.


Sill Pans

Sill pans should be installed prior to frame installation for maximum protection against water intrusion.

Please follow the manufacturing specifications and instructions for sill pan installation.

Leveling Door Frame of Single Door

 

 

Make sure to place two shims opposing each other from each side of the jamb at each of the leveling points in order to most effectively shim and level your door.

 

Shim from both sides

 

How to Read a Level

Once your door is fully installed, mounted to your rough opening with lag bolts, level, and plumb, there must be 1/2” inch between your door and any building materials.


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Make sure to use carbon zinc 3/8 X 3/1/2 hex lag bolts in all exterior doors with mounting tabs. Position the lag bolt as far from the door inside the mounting tab hole so that there isn’t play in the hole.

 


 

Hanging the Door

DISCLAIMER ON BRASS WASHERS FOR HINGES

Our doors use a single brass washer on each hinge. These brass washers are not intended for use as makeshift shims to fix a door rubbing against the frame or any similar issues. The addition of extra washers usually indicates an oversight during the installation process, such as an improperly leveled frame. If your door isn't closing smoothly, revisit the leveling process. Make sure to level at each level point with a 12" level and nothing larger. Use plastic shims to correct leveling issues.

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Use your finger to place petroleum grease in the female side of the bullet hinge in order to properly your door hinges before hanging the doors. Check out our “Maintenance” tab at the top of this page for more information on how to grease your door after installation.

 


 

Door Fit Adjustment

 

 

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Please note the weight of these doors will flex and change the shape of frame to the unlevel surface. This will also affect lock operations.

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*This will also effect lock operations.

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Strikebolt Adjustment

 

The strike bolt can be adjusted downward by loosening it. Turn it tighter to raise the bolt higher and check to make sure that your adjustment still engages with the strike bolt hole securely.

 


 

Roller Catch

 

Roller Catch

 

You can adjust your roller catches to be more stiff by tightening the screws and make them less stiff by loosening the screws.

 


 

Lock Installation

 

 

Lock Strike Plates

If the door is not 100% level (And even with the door being level, the strike plate may still require some fling adjustments), the latch and deadbolt strikes will not strike correctly into the opposing strike plate. In this case, you will need to fle down the opening of the strike plate in order for the latch to secure correctly.

On a wooden door, it is easy to notch out the wood to change the location of the strike plate, but because an iron door is

metal, instead of cutting and welding new metal, this fling of the plate is the solution for small strike issues. Our strike areas are standard* sizes and the plates can be purchased at your local hardware store

Please reference the diagram on the left for an example of a strike plate that has been fled vs. one that has not.

There are also times when the screw locations on the strike

plates may not line up 100% perfectly with the threading on our doors. In this case, you will need to drill the holes strike plate larger to align the screw holes. The bottom left diagram shows those locations as well.

*Filing adjustments may be needed depending on the lock manufacturer as they may not provide the correct size strike plate for our metal doors.

 

 

 

 

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You can file down about 1/16th of an inch in any direction in order to make your door close more easily. Any further adjustment needed is likely going to be because of a door leveling/fitment issue that will need to be addressed at the source.

 


 

How to Cut Weatherstripping

 

 

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Weatherstripping to be trimmed after doors are fully installed. Please note on how this is trimmed on top and bottom of weatherstripping. Ends of weatherstipping to be flush with top and bottom of frame.

 

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Touch-Up

How to: Touch Up Iron Doors and Steel Windows

(Step 1: For Black and Oil Rubbed Bronze Doors)

 

Sometimes doors can get small nicks or scratches in the installation process from tools, construction, etc. In these cases, the door will need to be touched up. Use our touch up pen to get a clean finish.

 


 

How to: Paint Oil Rubbed Bronze

(Step 2: For Oil Rubbed Bronze Doors)

 

 

Caution: Only use Blue Painters Tape on Pinkys Product

Avoid Damage to Finish on Door and Frame.

Pinkys Iron Doors is not liable for any damages caused by misuse of tapes and adhesives on your Pinkys product.

Please do not use any tape or adhesive other than blue painters tape to mask, cover,

or for any purpose on your Pinkys products.

If the blue painters tape is needed for extended amounts of time, please replace tape regularly as the sun can bake the adhesive onto the painted area.

If you must use red duct tape for stucco work or otherwise,

please first apply the blue painters tape and mask with red duct tape over the blue painters tape to avoid any contact with the door/frames paint itself

Using any other type of tape directly on your Pinky’s products will result in peeling/bubbling of the paint.

Post-Installation Instructions

  1. Following installation, it's essential to carefully vacuum away any loose dust or debris.
  2. For the duration of construction, shield your doors and windows using materials that effectively guard against dust and debris, covering all glass and metal surfaces. Only ever use blue vinyl painter's tape on PINKYS doors and windows.
  3. After construction and finishing tasks throughout the home are completed, cautiously remove the tape and coverings from your doors and windows. As a final step, use PINKYS Spray in order to give your door a protective layer and amazing shine.

Make sure to check our MAINTENANCE tab in order to make sure you’re maintaining proper upkeep practices!