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How to Install French Doors

Instructions for replacing an old door with new French doors, from start to finish.

Materials

  • drywall screws
  • finish nails
  • joint compound
  • nails
  • paint
  • primer
  • shims
  • spackle
  • wire nuts
  • mesh drywall tape
  • junction box
  • roofing nails
  • 16-penny nails
  • 1/2" drywall sheets
  • pre-hung French doors
  • 2x4 studs
  • junction box cover plate
  • 2 Laminated Veneer Lumber (LVL) beams
  • non-hardening silicone caulk
  • faced insulation batts

Tools

  • dust mask
  • safety glasses
  • circular saw
  • drywall knife
  • framing square
  • hammer
  • level
  • pry bar
  • reciprocating saw
  • stud finder
  • tape measure
  • safety goggles
  • pneumatic framing gun
  • plastic sheeting
  • caulking gun
  • work gloves
  • paintbrushes
  • cat's-paw
  • bi-metal saw blades

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