Sunday, July 15, 2007
Placing The Unit
After framing the rough opening, dry-fit the he opening to make sure it fits. If the fit look good,. remove the unit and shoot three continuous beads of caulk on the floor pan, extending them 3 in. up the sides of the It the unit has been precased, apply caulk around the opening. If there are packing nails holding the doors where they meet at the head jamb, remove them now, but leave any cardboard spacers between the frame to keep the margins even.
With a helper, lift and carefully tip the unit into the opening, shoving it in until the casing or temporary strips fully contact using temporary strips, nail them to the wall, but leave the heads out from later removar (see sidebar, facing page). Nail first, check the margins to be sure the fame hasn't racked, and then nail the top strips. If racking has occurred, have your helper pry gently between the jamb and the stud until the margins even out, and then nail the top strip. If the unit was precased, fasten the casing. Both sides at the bottom margins all around to make sure they are even, and nail the casing.
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