I tried installing a storm door on my 2 year old house. However, when I
drilled through the molding for the door mounting screws - there wasn't a
joist behind the molding - just air space.
Two questions - how could this happen, and what if anything can be done
I would still like to mount a storm door, but there is no way the molding
wood is going to support a substantial door.
I don't know what model of storm door you are referencing, but if
it the typical metal jamb set and metal door with glass or screen
that is available at the Borgs, it is meant to mount to the trim.
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
On 11/26/2004 3:37 PM US(ET), BillC took fingers to keys, and typed the
Doors are usually hung in rough openings that are slightly wider than
the door and jamb. Shims are then installed in the gaps to take up the
extra space, usually at hinges, strike plates, and various other
locations around the door jamb.
The gap that you are encountering is probably less than an inch wide,
and more likely 1/2" or less.
There are a couple of things you can do:
Take off the inside trim and put shims between the door jamb and studs
where the storm door screws will be attached, or
use longer screws, that will span the gap and reach the studs.
The mounting screws are only 1 - 1 1/4" long and are not meant to go into
the framing (joist are in the floor/ceiling I think you mean studs) Storm
doors mount to the outside door trim, usually brick mold, which is 1 1/4"
thick. Brick mold comes pre attached to the door.You will find this brick
mold is also nailed (or screwed) into a stud. I don't understand where you
are trying to install it.
I know the kind of door you mean. And, I don't think it really matters how
screen doors are "usually" installed. It's your house, and the installation
is a matter of pride in the finished job, and what makes you feel
comfortable. Therefore, if you end up ripping off molding and
rebuilding/reinforcing whatever's behind it, and it makes you happy, just do
it and don't concern yourself with how the average installation is done.
Your wife may ask "Is this how it's usually done?", when you're in the 73rd
hour of work. Just tell her you're devising a new version of "usually". :-)
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