Thursday, April 25, 2013

How to Hang Pre-hung Door - Part 7 of 15 - Caulking Outside Door Edges

By Gary Boutin
Fig.1 Manual Caulking Gun

Supplies and Tools:
Caulking gun - manual
Latex caulking
Painter's scraper blade 1-inch

Mr. Victor Longpont hired my services to remove his garage door that had become damaged after a bad rain storm. The door had not been painted for over 30 years, the bottom of the door was damaged by a badly worn door sweep that allowed water into the bottom of the door. 

This post shows the five steps on how caulk the gaps in a garage door exterior edge.

Step 1: Fig.2 shows the left bottom side and fig.3 shows the right bottom side. Look at the edges of the door and determine how much caulking will need to fill these areas. This door had some spots that needed lots of caulking to fill the holes around the new door and the stucco wall. For this job stucco mold could not be used because the door was flush with the stucco exterior wall.
Fig.2 Bottom side 
exterior wood 
Fig.3 Bottom side 
filled with silicone caulking
Step 2: Fig.1 above right and Fig.4 shows a manual caulking gun that was used to fill the holes at the bottom of the door. Start from the bottom of one side of the wood frame and apply the caulking all the way to the other side. Fig.5 shows the caulking going up the door, now caulking is at the middle of the left side of the frame.
Fig.4 Caulking filling 
in the edges of the door
Fig.5 Silicone filling the gaps from the door
Step 3: Its not enough to put in the caulking into the cracks of the door, Fig.6 shows a finger is used to push the caulking into the door cracks. Fig.7 shows the caulking was pushed smooth with a 1-inch painter's scraper blade. 
Fig.6 Using your finger press
it into the cracks
Fig.7 Nice clean edge 
for the exterior
Step 4: Fig.8 shows that the top part of the door had more caulking applied to this area.
Fig.8 More caulking for
large gap above the door
Step 5: Fig.9 shows the door is completed. This part of the door is done.
Fig.9 Door caulking done

How to Hang a Pre-hung Door:

  • Part 1 of 15 Introduction Why Replace This Garage Door
  • Part 2 of 15 Removing The Damaged Door
  • Part 3 of 15 Door Hardware Removed
  • Part 4 of 15 Door Threshold Removal
  • Part 5 of 15 Installing Door
  • Part 6 of 15 Recycled Metal Removed
  • Part 7 of 15 Caulking Outside Door Edges
  • Part 8 of 15 New Door Hardware Installed
  • Part 9 of 15 Caulking Door Screws Holes
  • Part 10 of 15 Inside Door Mud
  • Part 11 of 15 Inside Door Taping
  • Part 12 of 15 Inside Door Painted
  • Part 13 of 15 Applying Stucco To Door Edge
  • Part 14 of 15 Exterior Door Molding
  • Part 15 of 15 Old Door Cut to Trash

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