Is this the new way of installing doors?
I should back up. In the olden days, of professional carpentry and work that would last a long time, a door was level, plumb, structurally sound and firm.
One good thing that I have liked seeing lately, even calling it a best practice, is foam. It is a great energy sealer around doors and windows.
However, recently, I have seen foam used in ways not intended, as in this case, literally attaching a front porch beam to the house. This is unfortunate, lazy, structurally ridiculous and will not last.
In addition, doors that are not level or plumb have become more common as the professionalism of new construction diminishes, and when they are literally glued in place in that condition they become out of alignment quickly.
The use of plastics, foam, small brads, medium density fiberboard outdoors, and other newer materials may be cheaper and may be quicker, but do these things last?
WHEN I SEE SOMETHING MADE I WANT TO SEE IT LAST. PLANNED OBSOLESCENCE IS EXPENSIVE AS THE SAME THINGS MUST BE REPURCHASED OVER AND OVER.
In construction, what is the point of a door installation that will have to be replaced in 10 years, or less!?
Shims are used to properly install doors and windows.
Shims do two things.
The help to plumb and level things. Plumb means straight up and down.
They also provide a structural component - the door or window can be secured to the framing at the shim.
Importantly shims are used behind hinges so the door remains level and plumb over time as it is secured to the structure AT THE HINGES.
On yesterday's pre-drywall inspection, the door installer used shims in the framing (not many) but there was nothing securing the door assembly to the structure at any shim.
Amazingly, shims were used between the lock set and door knob, but there is NO security to the structure! One drywall screw was used (!), but probably to hold the door frame in place while the rest was done.
Notice that the striker (the metal pront that goes into the strike plate beside the cylinder lock set) goes into the small opening, but no further.
And you can see in the right photo that nothing secures the framing, making the lock and door knob firm and safe.
This door can be kicked in by a 12 year old!
THIS DOOR HAS BEEN INSTALLED WITH FOAM!
All of what you see here will soon be covered with a casement trim, and disappear from view!
Now, how long will this installation last? How long will the door stay plumb? How long will the door itself stay planted squarely in the jam?
I see doors in jams all the time that have fallen somewhat and are sitting in the jam at an angle. That is because the hinge was not secured, as shown in this blog.
My recommendation: don't think for a minute that a pre-drywall inspection isn't necessary! Don't think for a minute that a professional supervisor is on site every day, doing dozens of inspections and insuring that professionalism is used when building a house. This is not a professional door installation. This is not professional carpentry. This is lock set is unsafe and this installation will not last.
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560