Before You Begin
Tools Of The Trade
Designing Your Home
Building Permit Plans
Excavating Home Site
Laying Drain Pipes
Prepping For Slab
Pouring The Slab
Installing Sill Plate
cutting Outside Wall Parts
Building Outside Walls
Framing & Raising interior Walls
Exterior Wall Sheathing
Cutting Out Openings
Wrapping The House
Preparing For Roof Trusses
Gettin Roof Trusses Ready
Raising Roof Trusses
Sheathing The Roof
Preping For Shingles
Shingling The Roof
Preparing For Siding
How To Select Siding
Siding The House
Siding Soffits & Trim
You are finally ready to protect the interior of your house from the elements. Your roof is covered and your house is wrapped. All that is left to do to seal the house, is to fill in the rough openings.
The installation of doors and windows can be done anytime after wrapping the house. We chose to wait until the roof was up, so as not to risk damaging the glass by falling debris or dropped tools.
Tools you will need: Hammer, Roofing Nails, finish nails, wood screws, small Level, 4' level, utility knife, cedar shims, and a cats claw.
How to install windows
How to install doors
How to install windows.
Remove all packaging from window setup.
Caulk the nailing fin contact point, for extra moisture protection. This is the area on the exterior of the rough opening that will be in contact with the nailing fin.
Lift the window up to the rough opening and gently place inside.
Have one person inside the building with a level and pry bar.
Once the window is in place, have the person inside the house place a level on the bottom sash of the window.
Insert pry bar on the low side of the window. The side that needs to be lifted to make the window level.
Insert a cedar shim under the other end of the window and center the window in the rough opening.
Lift the low end of the window until it is level.
Make sure the person on the outside holds the window in place so as to not have it fall out of the rough opening as it is being leveled.
Once the window is perfectly leveled and you can see a reveal all around the window casing (a narrow space all around the window on the interior, which will be used to insulate at a later time.) Use cedar shims to keep the window level.
Have the person outside nail the window in place along the nailing fin.
Once the window is nailed in place, check to see if it opens and closes properly.
Use window tape as a leak barrier around the exterior of the window frame. The tape creates a barrier from any potential leaking around the window frame. Window tape is similar to ice and water shield used on roofs.
How to install exterior doors.
Fit the door inside of the rough opening.
Using your 4' level to check for plumb, Push the door up against the hinge side door jamb as snuggly as possible. When the door is plumb insert 2 finish nails to keep the door from falling over. Then continue nailing that side of the door.
From the inside of the house, check to see if the gap around the door casing and the rough opening is even all the way around.
Insert shims where needed to create an even gap. Then measure the door encasement diagonally from both ends. If both measurements are not equal, then continue forcing the shim until both measurements are equal.
From the exterior of the house, continue to nail the door casing to the house all of the way around.
From the interior of the house, remove the temporary cross bar to the door jambs.
Now you can open and close the door.
Install long screws through the hinges into the wall for added support (read the instructions that came with the door for specific instruction for your particular door.)
Your house is now protected from the elements. You can now store your tools in the house without fear of rain or theft.