Forum Title: Advice on installation of french doors with separate side lights...
I am replace a section of windows in my basement with exterior french doors and a side light on each side. The challenge is, the side lights some separate from the french doors so I have to install all 3 separately. Does anyone have any advice on the best way to go about this? Would it be best to try and attach all 3 of them together BEFORE putting them in place? ...or Should I install the french doors in the center first and then attach each side light? ...or Should I start from right to left and install a side light first, the doors second, and then the final side light? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: MITCHELL VAZQUEZ (Denton, TX), 01/15/2019

Take a look at the door closer cylinder and how it mounts to the door. Often they are mounted in a slot for adjustment. Over time it can slip causing the door to not close properly.

- ELIZABETH JONES (Alhambra, CA), 02/02/2019

The rough opening width is 101. The french door frame width is: 71.5625 Each side sidelight frame width: 14.1875 (so 28.375 combined) So the combine width of the 3 should be: 99.9375 Not sure if these details are relevant but my current rough opening height is 83 but the doors/side lights require 80 rough opening height so I will be laminating two 2 x 6s in the header to bring the opening height down to 80. Since the framing is 2 x 6s, the jamb depth is 6 9/16.

- MAUREEN BENSON (Pharr, TX), 02/28/2019

Better brands like Anderson, Marvin, etc should include complete mulling and installation instructions for putting the door into the rough opening. From talking to people that did this for a living....most would remove the french doors from the frame, mull/join the sidelights to the door frame, install that unit, then re-install the doors. You have to be very careful not to damage the frame by twisting or cracking. An 8ft+ door with all components installed is gonna be real heavy. If the section of windows you remove isn't larger than the opening you need for the door and sidelights...you have a lot of framing work ahead. How about some brand and model info....? Oops....sorry...missed that you provided the RO.

- MARK THOMAS (Utica, NY), 02/13/2019

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