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How to Install Exterior French Doors

Exterior French DoorsA veteran remodeler shows you how to install and adjust hinged double doors for smooth operation.

Installing a set of new hinged patio doors can be tricky.

Because there are two door panels that move close to one another, every adjustment has to be just right. If the doors are installed cross-legged, they will never close properly. If you’re installing French doors, you need to understand the details that assure a watertight and airtight installation.

Veteran remodeler Mike Sloggatt demonstrates the necessary steps, from modifying the rough opening, to installing the doors, adjusting the doors, and finishing touches.

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