Category Archives: Useful Information On Doors

In this category, you will find information and photos on our latest projects, tips on caulking, door installation and more.

Don of all Trades Interior Painting Tips: Paint Like A Pro


There is no simpler or inexpensive way to dramatically change the look of a home than with a fresh coat of paint.

Anyone who has  done their own interior painting knows that it is not nearly as easy as it seems. From an uneven paint finish on the wall to drips on the floor, you need to avoid any number of pitfalls before your DIY paint project can be a success. Here are 2  Don of all Trades Professional Home Maintenance  Service’s  interior house painting tips and tricks to help you paint like a Pro and achieve a clean professional look.


Tip No. 1- Painting Interior Doors

Using a small roller to paint doors can greatly speed the process. Work quickly by rolling on the paint, then use a brush to smooth out the paint and fill in any spots missed by the roller.


Tip No. 2 -Painting Baseboards and Trim

A scarper or trim guard are handy tools that help in painting trims They make painting trims, baseboards, moldings and dividers a very easy task. You’ll be able to avoid dripping or running paint on another surface. They will prevent paint on the floors or the walls. They also give you a sharper and cleaner edge that looks professionally done.


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How To Fix A Sagging Door In 3 Simple Steps

Solutions To Continuous Door Hinge Sagging

I recently got called to do an estimate on replacing a front door for a client. When I asked why they wanted to replace the door they told me the door wasn’t closing properly and the lock was broken. The door looked to be in good condition and I recommended that we could replace the door locks with new hardware. When I investigated as to why the door wasn’t closing properly I found that the top hinge of the door had loose screws and that there were stripped holes as well. So the home owner’s problem wasn’t that the door needed replacement but that it was suffering from continuous door hinge sagging.

Do you have a wood screw hole for a hinge that is loose?

Here is the best suggestion on how to go about doing this type of repair.

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 Door Hinge Sagging

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Sag Direction

Things to Look For

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Below I have included a  step by step process including photos  on how to fix this problem.

Step 1

Remove loose screws and drill out the stripped out holes with a drill bit the same size as the dowel that you’re going to insert into the new openings that we have created.

Remove Loose Screws

 Remove Loose Screws

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Same Size Dowel & Bit

Drilling Out Holes

Drilling Out Holes


Remove Hinge. Glue in dowel the same diameter as the drill bit. Use a high strength wood glue. Glue, then insert dowel into holes with hammer. Once this is done let glue dry for 24 hours before moving on to the next step.

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Remove Hinge

gluing Dowels

Gluing Dowels

Insert Dowel into Holes

Insert Dowel into Holes


Cut the dowel off flush with the edge of the door or hinge mortise using a hammer and chisel. Pilot drill for the screw and re-mount the hinge.


Cut Dowel

Cut Dowel

Pilot Drill

Pilot Drill

Re-Mount Hinge

Re-Mount Hinge

By following these simple steps we managed to fix the sagging hinge. If done properly this fix will last for the life time of the door. Not only does the home owner have a door that’s working properly, we managed to save our clients hundreds of dollars in labor and replacement costs associated with installing a new door.

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Project- Door Installation By Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

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It always makes me chuckle when a client that has never installed a door believes that ” A Door Is Just A Door Right?” “It should be a breeze and shouldn’t take long at all.” I am here to tell you, yes it should be a breeze  but in a lot of cases, it’s not that simple.


This door install was a challenge but at the end of the day, it got done with fantastic results!

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For this project, the original front door including the storm door and brick molding was removed. The original framing around the door was also removed because the home  owner  ordered  a new door with  brick to brick measurement’s . Interesting fact: when the homeowner originally took measurements for the new door, what he received was a brand new beautiful front door that was 3 1/2 inches too short.

Tip: If you’re thinking of replacing a door in  your home and you feel uncomfortable about taking the measurements, have the installer come and take them for  you. In most cases this cost is included in the purchase price of the door. This saves you TIME, MONEY and  AGRIVATION.


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So here’s a perfect example of trouble shooting skills that  saves the day.

Due to the fact the door was 3 1/2 inches to short, we had to build out the frame to make it fit. The new door was put in the  opening and shimmed in order for it to stay in place.


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Next we leveled and plumed the door making sure that it was square. Once this part of the process was completed, we then moved forward with installing all the hardware  and did a test  by opening and closing the door to make sure it worked  correctly.


Next step, we installed the brick molding on the exterior of the door. Exterior caulk was added and applied all around the brick mold and checking that all gaps were properly sealed.

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In this case, we didn’t have to apply the low expansion spray foam or interior and the homeowner was going to do this part himself.


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Replacing Worn Weather Stripping Around Doors

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Drafts through your front doors don’t  seem as much of a problem in the summer months, but the truth is it can be.  If your weather strip allows a ¼” opening around a door, it’s like a hole in the wall that is 4” x 4”.  Drafts don’t seem as noticeable  the summer months  because the  air flows from cold to warm which is why it’s more noticeable in the winter season.

On that note,  the best course of action would be  replace the weather strip on your door. You can do this by going to your local building supply company and purchase a weather strip that is  similar to what is currently on your door.  If you don’t see one that is similar just buy a “universal” type and install it on the door frame.  Every little bit of money saved on the Electricity Bill is a good thing and you may be pleasantly surprised next summer when you notice a difference of savings  in your electricity  bill since your doors will seal better!

Lift the door by the doorknob. If it appears to moves upwards easily  then tighten the screws of the top door hinge. If the door is so worn that the hinge screws no longer bite, remove the screws, glue wooden plugs into the holes, and drive the screws back into place.

Run your hand around the perimeter of the door when it’s closed. If you feel a draft  then the weather-stripping has likely cracked or warped and needs replacement. If there is no weather-stripping, you’ll need to add some.

To replace it, open the door and slide out the old weather-stripping. Purchase a replacement kit with vinyl or foam that matches the existing weather stripping and slide new weather-stripping into the grooves in the door or the surrounding frame.

This may be difficult but try to  find new weather-stripping that exactly matches in profile. Try to identify the door manufacturer or vendor by checking the door and frame for a label, and contact either to see if they can provide replacement stripping. Alternatively, you can find replacement weather strip products at your local home improvement center.

If you have an old door without weather-stripping, or a door that you can’t find matching weather-stripping for, you can add or replace it using a weather-stripping kit that’s readily available at most home centers.

These kits include various types of weather-stripping, including bronze, wood or metal flanges wrapped with foam, and metal flanges lined with vinyl or silicone bulbs. The kits contain two side strips, a top strip, and fasteners. Consult with the store experts before choosing. They may refer you to a catalog to order the type that you’ll need.

Once  you’ve purchased the appropriate kit, close the door and measure the top of the exterior frame from side to side. Measure and mark the length on the short section of the weather stripping and cut the foam or vinyl part of the strip with a utility knife or scissors and the metal or wood with a hacksaw.

Starting at the top, place the stripping along the exterior of the door against the jamb with the foam or vinyl against the door, compressing slightly but not too much or the door won’t latch when you close it. Then nail or screw in place, positioning the nails or screws about 2 inches in from each end (to avoid splitting), and spacing the others about 12 inches apart.

Measure and cut the side strips with coped cuts (where one piece is cut square and the other piece is cut to fit over it) at one end of each to make a clean, tight joint at the top. Use a scrap to trace the line. Cut the foam with a scissors, and cut the metal or wood section of the profile with a coping saw. Make the coped cut first, leaving extra length for the bottom cut. Then cut the bottoms. File or sand the cuts for a smooth fit.

Make sure that the weather-stripping fits snugly all around and that the door shuts and latches easily before you drive the nails in. For small adjustments, pull the nails and start them in a new spot. If you’re using metal weather-stripping, loosen the screws to adjust. If you use a wooden flange, paint or stain it to match the door.

You’ll also want to add a door sweep if possible. To determine if you need one, close the door and look for light coming through or feel for a draft. If you see a lot of light or feel a draft, install a new door sweep. If you see light or feel a draft, you should add a sweep. If the floor or carpet is even with or higher than your threshold, you can’t add a sweep.

If you can add a sweep, consider an easy-to-install face-mount door sweep with a flexible vinyl flap. Measure the width of the door from inside and mark the length on the sweep and cut it, using a scissors or utility knife for the vinyl and a hacksaw for the metal part. Hold the sweep in place allowing the flexible portion to lightly touch the threshold. Mark the screw positions, drill pilot holes with a 3/32-inch drill bit, and then screw in place onto the inside face of the door.

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How to Install or Replace a Door Bell

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Owning  a home is one of the biggest investments you’ll ever make. Along with the status of being a homeowner, comes the never-ending responsibility of maintenance and repairs. To help you add another check mark off that “TO DO LIST,” and yes, we all have them, here’s 8 simple steps on changing a door bell.

Step 1

Remember to Disable electricity. **IMPORTANT** Double Check that circuits which supply the electricity to your current doorbell and  chimes are turned off. As a safety measure,  use a circuit tester to  check for the presence of live  power in the device.

Step 2

Removing current doorbell switch. This can be done by removing the cover and by using a screwdriver to detach the old switch from the wall. Pull the detached switch away from the wall and expose the wiring running from the back of the wall plate and into the hole behind the plate. Wrap the wires with a short length of electrical tape, and apply a section of the sticky tape surface to the edge of the open hole to prevent the wires from sliding back into the wall.

Step 3

Connecting  the wires to the new switch. Take off the cover from the new switch, and thread the wires through the bottom of the unit. Wrap the ends of each of the wires to the positive and negative terminals, and use the screwdriver to secure the wires into position

Step 4

Attach the new doorbell switch to the wall. Use the screws provided to secure the plate into position, and then slide the cover over the device until it snaps into position.

Step 5

Removing the old chimes. Remove the cover from the chimes, and use the screwdriver to detach the device from the wall or ceiling where it is mounted. After pulling the chimes away from the surface, detach the wires and use a piece of electrical tape to secure them to the area surrounding the hole.

Step 6

Connecting the wires to the new chimes. Remove the cover from the chimes, and run the wires through the guide channel to the 2 terminals. Wrap the ends of the wires around the appropriate terminals, and screw the holding screws into position.

Step 7

Securing the new chimes into place. Place the new chimes over the hole and use the provided  screws to attach the device to the wall or ceiling. Once your chime plate is secured into its proper place, fit the cover over the device and gently  snap it into place.

Step 8

Restoring power, and testing the doorbell. Using your  circuit tester, test to make sure the current is flowing through the system properly. Test this by pushing  the doorbell. You’ll know the job is done if the chimes function properly.

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Quick and Simple Door Fix

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Here is a simple fix for that annoying interior door that swings open when not closed properly……

If you have a door that swings all the way open every time you leave it slightly ajar, the door frame isn’t plumb. But you don’t need to take the door down and go through the hassle of disassembling everything just to adjust the frame. Instead, try this much simpler fix.

Grab a hammer, a few scraps of wood, a nail punch and a shim. Take them into the room and close the door. Stick the shim loosely between the door and the jamb to hold the door in position when you drive out the upper hinge pin. Then bend the pin slightly with a firm whack. Reinsert the pin and check the results. If the door still won’t stay open, do the same with the lower hinge.

Tools and Materials
– Hammer
-Nail punch to knock out the hinge pin.

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