Forum Title: Just installed a new entry door & security storm door-need advise on finishing
Hello everyone, I'll try not to make this post too long. I just installed a new entry door and security storm door for the front of my house. I am by no means an expert, just an amateur DIY'er. I did this install this past Sunday. Took me all day (literally, about 12 hours) due to the fact that the rough opening wood frame was completely rotted, then I had a door that was 2 inches too small and had to run back/forth to Home Depot several times. I was able to fix the rotted wood by framing/installing a 36 RO using 5/4 x 6, then I had to frame out the door further using 1x4 to make the 32 door fit. This is for a house with brick left side and wood right side. My question now pertains to what should I do to finish the installation. There was aluminum flashing around the previous security door that was in bad shape so I removed it. I had to add some extra wood to cover spaces between the RO frame I built out and the brick on the left side (where the door bell is screwed onto). I caulked all around the entry door, the extra wood I added and only the top of the frame piece of the security storm door (not sure if I should caulk further around the sides of the security door). I also have a hole on the top left where there was a previous gap behind the flashing. I got a little carried away with the caulk and will have to remove some excess around the bottom, but otherwise, what is best to do to finish this installation? Should I add another piece of 2x3 to the top of the door to cover the hole, caulk and paint? If so, what kind of paint should I use to resist the weather elements (I am in eastern PA)? Or, should I hire someone to redo the aluminum flashing (as I don't own or want to rent an aluminum break). Thanks. P.S. The round circle imprint on the right of the door is from a light that I disconnected the power line inside the house from the source. I will re-install that light when I have my finished solution.
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: JORGE PEARSON (Missoula, MT), 01/30/2019

Did the original door swing outwards? I don't like access to the hinges. It just might me the NYer in me.

- JERRY ADAMS (Berkeley, CA), 02/20/2019

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