Install Guide | Interior 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.
How to Install Your Door
Requires 2 or more able bodies
Following instructions must be followed for warranty to be valid
Rough opening must be ½” to 1” 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.
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.
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.
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.
Leveling Door Frame of Single Door
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.
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.
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
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.
*This will also effect lock operations.
You can adjust your roller catches to be more stiff by tightening the screws and make them less stiff by loosening the screws.
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.
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: 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.
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.
- Following installation, it's essential to carefully vacuum away any loose dust or debris.
- 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.
- 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!