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Customer submitted a request to have RHT Services replace the back door of his home. The door had cracked from an attempted break in. In the video below, I share the steps taken, as well as some helpful tips, for replacing an exterior door on a brick house.

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WHAT'S GOING ON GOOD PEOPLE? THIS VIDEO I REPLACED A DOOR FOR A CUSTOMER. THIS IS AN EXTERIOR DOOR ON THEIR HOUSE AND PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD REPLACEMENT. THERE WAS SOME A LITTLE BIT OF QUIRKINESS TO IT BUT ULTIMATELY JOB GOT DONE AND I'M GONNA WALK YOU THROUGH THE STEPS OF HOW TO DO THAT. ALRIGHT WELCOME TO THE CHANNEL! IF THIS IS YOUR FIRST TIME AND WELCOME BACK IF THIS IS YOUR REPEAT TIME. THIS VIDEO, LIKE I MENTIONED IN THE OPENER A DOOR A CUSTOMER REQUESTED THEIR DOOR TO BE REPLACED. THIS IS THE ORIGINAL DOOR. IT DID HAVE A SCREEN DOOR ON IT BUT THE CUSTOMER HAD TAKEN THAT SCREEN DOOR OFF BEFORE I SHOWED UP. SO WHAT HAPPENED WITH THIS DOOR IS I CONTACTED THE CUSTOMER PRIOR TO TO DISCUSS THE DETAILS. AND WHAT HAPPENED WAS THAT AFTER DISCUSSING THINGS AND LOOKING AT THE DOOR THE ORIGINAL DOOR AS YOU SEE HERE HAD A SPLIT ON IT. AND WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS SOMEBODY HAD ATTEMPTED TO BREAK INTO THE HOUSE AND THE DOOR JAMB HELD UP WELL BECAUSE NORMALLY WHEN SOMEBODY TRIES TO BREAK INTO A HOUSE THE DOOR JAMB IS USUALLY THE FIRST THING THAT GIVES BUT IN THIS CASE THE ACTUAL DOOR ITSELF IS WHAT GAVE. ULTIMATELY THE PEOPLE THAT WERE ATTEMPTING TO BREAK IN DID NOT GET IN BECAUSE THE DOOR HELD UP. IT WAS SECURED WITH I BELIEVE THREE INCH SCREWS THOSE THREE INCH SCREWS ALLOWED THE DOOR JAMB TO CONNECT ALL THE WAY IN TO THE FRAMING OF THE HOUSE. I BELIEVE THAT IN ADDITION TO MAYBE A COUPLE OTHER THINGS IS WHAT ACTUALLY KEPT THE DOOR FROM ACTUALLY JUST COMPLETELY BLOWING OUT AND GIVING AWAY THE CUSTOMER DID MENTION THAT SINCE HE HAD SINCE THIS HAS TAKEN PLACE THAT HE DID ADD SOME ADDITIONAL SECURITY SUCH AS CAMERAS AND THEY ALREADY HAD A SECURITY SYSTEM IN PLACE SO CAMERAS ALL THE WAY AROUND THE HOUSE AT LEAST ON THE EXTERIOR OF THE HOUSE. BUT BACK TO THIS DOOR INSTALL SO AS YOU SEE LIKE I SAID THE DOOR DID SPLIT BUT THE DOOR DID NOT ACTUALLY BREAK. THIS IS THE NEW DOOR THAT THE CUSTOMER HAD AND THAT I INSTALLED. A SIMILAR DOOR IN NATURE WITH THE WINDOW AND IT IS A STEEL DOOR. WHAT I DID ADVISE THE CUSTOMER TO DO AS YOU SEE HERE THE CUSTOMER HAD ALREADY PURCHASED A NEW SET OF LOCKS FOR THE DOOR BUT I ADVISED HIM TO CHANGE THIS FROM A THUMB LOCK YOU KNOW THUMB SCREW I BELIEVE THAT'S THE NAME OF IT TO A DOUBLE KEYED LOCK AND THE REASON BEING IS I HAD A CO-WORKER AT PREVIOUS POINT HIS HOUSE GOT BROKEN INTO FROM THE BACK DOOR IT HAD A DOOR SIMILAR TO THIS. AND WHAT THEY ENDED UP DOING THEY ENDED UP BREAKING THE WINDOW STUCK THEIR HAND IN FLIPPED THE LATCH ON THE DEADBOLT DID THE SAME FOR THE DOORKNOB AND WALKED RIGHT ON IN IF YOU HAVE A DOUBLE KEYED LOCK YOU CAN BREAK THE WINDOW BUT IT WILL STILL BE DIFFICULT TO GET INTO THE HOUSE BECAUSE OF THE FACT YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO JUST STICK YOUR HAND IN AND UNLOCK THE DOOR. LIKE YOU ACTUALLY HAVE TO HAVE A KEY ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THAT DOOR SO I ADVISED HIM TO DO THAT AND HE DID SAY AT SOME POINT HE WOULD GO BACK AND SWITCH THAT OUT TO GET A DOUBLE KEY LOCK FOR THAT REASON. WE DID TALK ABOUT SOME OTHER MEASURES REGARDING SECURITY SUCH AS USING LONGER SCREWS OBVIOUSLY I MENTIONED HE HAD CAMERAS. HE ADDED CAMERAS. I DON'T KNOW IF HE INSTALLED HIM OR HE HAD SOMEBODY ELSE INSTALLING BUT CAMERAS WERE ADDED TO THIS TO THE AREA AND HE DID HAVE SOME MOTION LIGHTS IN THE AREA AS WELL. GRANTED THIS I DIDN'T ASK BUT THE ATTEMPTED BURGLARY PROBABLY TOOK PLACE IN THE DAYTIME SO MOTION LIGHTS WOULD NOT HAVE HELPED. HE ALSO HAS DOGS AT HIS HOUSE SO I'M NOT SURE IF THE DOGS WERE IN THE HOUSE OR OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE BUT I'M SURE THEY CAUSED A RUCKUS OF NOISE THAT MAY HAVE MAY POTENTIALLY SCARED OFF THE BURGLARS BUT I FIGURE IF THEY'RE STILL TRYING TO KICK IN THEY STILL ATTEMPTED TO KICK IN THE DOOR THEY PROBABLY WEREN'T AS SCARED. ALL RIGHT AND THEN THIS IS THE DOOR FROM THE OUTSIDE OF THE HOUSE AS YOU SEE PRETTY STRAIGHTFORWARD DOOR TYPICAL DOOR. SIMILAR TO THE ORIGINAL JUST THE PANELING IS IT'S NOT PAINTED AT THIS POINT. THIS IS THE RAW DOOR FROM THE STORE. OBVIOUSLY THE NEW DOOR IS CLEANER BECAUSE OF BRAND NEW VERSUS THE EXISTING DOOR THAT HAD BEEN THERE. HE STATED THAT THE EXISTING DOOR HAD BEEN THERE FOR 20 YEARS BECAUSE AT A PREVIOUS POINT IT TOO WAS ALSO KICKED IN AT SOME EARLIER POINT. PEOPLE MANAGED TO ACTUALLY BREAK IN THAT TIME. THIS DOOR YEAH LIKE I SAY IT HELD UP INSTALLED PROPERLY. YOU KNOW A LOT OF TIMES PEOPLE

THEY'LL USE JUST THE SCREWS THAT COME WITH IT INSTEAD OF USING LONGER SCREWS BUT I EMPHASIZE TO YOU ALL USE LONGER SCREWS IN YOUR DOORS. AT LEAST THREE INCHES THREE AND A HALF. YOU IN SOME PLACES YOU CAN ACTUALLY FIND A FOUR INCH LONG SCREW WHICH IS VERY VERY SUFFICIENT TO HOLD THE DOOR IN PLACE. WHEN IT COMES TO INSTALLING THOSE SCREWS ON THE HINGE SIDE OF THE DOOR I PUT A LONG SCREW IN ON EACH OF THE HINGES. IF YOU REALLY WANT TO TRY TO STEP IT UP YOU CAN PUT TWO LONG SCREWS ON EACH OF THE HINGES BUT USUALLY I DO AT LEAST ONE. AND THEN ON THE LATCH SIDE OF THE DOOR SO THAT'S THE SIDE OF THE DOOR WITH THE DOOR KNOB ON IT I PUT THEM AT THE DEADBOLT AND LOCK AS WELL AS YOU MIGHT HAVE ONE AT THE TOP AND ONE AT THE BOTTOM AS WELL. THAT WAY THE FULL LENGTH OF THE DOOR IS COVERED WITH LONG SCREWS. LIKE I SAY THREE TO THREE AND A HALF INCH IF YOU REALLY WANT TO HAVE EXTRA SOUND SECURITY YOU CAN PUT A FOUR INCH SCREW IN THERE YOU COULD ALSO EVEN GO WITH NAILS I FOR ME IT'S EASIER TO EMPHASIZE SCREWS BECAUSE WHEN IT GOES COMES TO REPLACING THEM IT'S EASY TO BACK THOSE SCREWS OUT VERSUS A NAIL THERE'S NO WAY TO REALLY GET A NAIL OUT EXCEPT CUTTING IT. THAT'S WHY I EMPHASIZE SCREWS BUT I HAVE SEEN DOORS BEING NAILED IN TO THE DOOR JAM INSTEAD OF BEING SCREWED IN. ALRIGHT THAT WRAPS THINGS UP FOR THIS VIDEO. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT INSTALLING A DOOR FEEL FREE TO DROP A COMMENT DOWN IN THE COMMENT SECTION BELOW. I AM NOT SURE YOU MAY ASK OR SOMEBODY MAY BE INQUIRING WHAT STORY TO GET THE STORE FROM I WILL SAY HE DID GET IT FROM A BIG BOX STORE BECAUSE THEY'RE NOT SPONSORING THIS CHANNEL I CHOOSE NOT TO CALL THEIR NAME, BUT THE TYPICAL HOME IMPROVEMENT BIG BOX STORE THAT IS BLUE IN COLOR. ALRIGHT ANY QUESTIONS DROP THOSE DOWN BELOW. IF YOU HAVEN'T SUBSCRIBED PLEASE BE SURE TO DO SO DOWN BELOW ALSO HAVE SOME RECOMMENDATIONS FOR VIDEOS THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE SO UNTIL NEXT TIME PEACE OUT