Remedies for Door Difficulties

Efficiency Matters returned to relevel and replumb the doors–and they fixed most of the biggest issues with the doors opening and closing which was a huge relief. They also reinstalled the back door into 2 x 6’s instead of the existing crooked 2 x 4’s.
Then Mark Attard from AE Building Systems returned to view the issues still outstanding. Most of them will eventually be resolved by the Alpen tech representative.
Here is what we looked at. Paint is peeling both from where the door may have been struck and inside the jambs where it appears to just be a poor paint job.

Peeling paint

Peeling paint

Not only is the paint cracking but the front door paint is rough like the spray gun had junk in it or the door wasn’t completely clean and the back door trim shows white through the paint. As soon as the weather gets better the Alpen tech will return to repaint these areas.

Paint cracking

Paint cracking

It appeared that the front door was warped, but when Mark checked it, there was much less warping evident and he believes the top being out of alignment is still an installation issue so I contacted Efficiency Matters about the issue again.

Warped door?

Warped door?

One of the handlesets has the wrong faceplate but worse the screws for the handlesets are just painted black so using a screwdriver on them chips off the paint. The Alpen rep is ordering two more–that will replace some of the nicked handles as well.

Mismatched handleset

Mismatched handleset

One of the bolt heads in the lock area is too large for the countersunk metal so I’m hoping they will send new bolts or have the tech bring a countersink to make room for the larger bolthead.

Bolt head too large

Bolt head too large

Finally, I thought this was just poor workmanship on the hinge routing, but Mark assured me several door companies now rout the slabs to hang either way in the jambs. Great, I wonder when they started this shortcut? Yuck. There are also a few crooked screws in the hinges and lock plates. Have to wonder who puts things together these days! Apparently the slabs are installed in the jambs by local trim companies, in this case Trimco. I actually think some of the issues are the result of the trim companies failures instead of the installers but I can’t really prove that. And the doors are working much better now.

Door routing

Door routing

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