carpentry, doors First look: New front door 11 November 2015 Steve Leave a comment Peter and Shane today installed the new front door. The wood is remarkable; if Steven could stain or clear-coat it, he would — but Jacquela requires it painted red. And that’s what Jacquela will get. Installation is a process — test fit, adjust, level, plumb, chip out obstructing wood and brick, test fit, level, plumb, close door, open door, level door, square door, shim door, level, plumb, tack it into place, level plumb, shim, repeat as necessary. It took Peter and Shane about an hour to meet their own high standard of approval. For fun, Peter and Shane took a break from hanging doors to build the first casing around an open passage that will not receive a door. Putty seals and obscures the joints between several pieces of wood. The putty will be sanded smooth, and the joint lines will disappear when primed and painted, yielding the appearance of a single piece of wood wrapping around the open passage.