fitting guide

Fitting Guide

We offer 2 types of frame fitting. These are slots or adjusters.

The slots are the normal elliptical holes in the metal frame through which the frame fixings are fitted to the substrate. The slots are a standard item.

The adjusters are available at extra charge but make fitting the door much easier and quicker. The adjusters are threaded plugs that are screwed into the frame and are simply unscrewed to take up the slack around the frame without the need for packers. The fixings are then screwed through the adjusters into the substrate. This makes levelling up the door a much easier process and thereby speeds up the installation. If you have any concerns or questions regarding installation then give us a call. Our experts are available to pass on the benefits of their years of installation experience.

 Fixing Guide

Where applicable, to maintain the certified rating of our doors the following minimum standards must be applied:

In all cases the installation must be directly into substrate and not via an intermediate, such as plasterboard. The perimeter of the door should be made good using mastic or similar.

Into Wood:

Use No.14 x50mm hardened steel wood screws (or longer). Must have a minimum of 6 fixings on each side.

Into Block, Bricks and Concrete:

Hilti type fixings 10 x 80/30mm. Must have a minimum of 6 fixings on each side. M8 x 75mm type hex flange head triple thread anchor bolt, or equivalent. Must have a minimum of 6 fixings on each side.

Into Steel:

M8 machine screws drilled and tapped to framework. Use M8 x 30mm fixings. Must have a minimum of 6 fixings on each side. Use No.14 x 50mm (or similar) self tapping screws. Must have a minimum of 6 fixings on each side.

Equipment required.

  • Masonry drill to suit fixings (see fixing guide above)
  • Pencil or marker pen
  • Spirit level
  • Steel tape measure
  • Fixings to comply with minimum fixing standards (see guide above)
  • Mastic or similar frame sealant

Pre installation checks.

  • Double check the opening to see if the door frame supplied will fit into the opening
  • Work area to be clear of obstructions
  • Open packaging and check contents against delivery note (notify Steeldoors4u about any descrepancies immediately)
  • Check for electrical cable, gase pipes etc to ensure it is safe to drill around the opening

 

 Fitting a single leaf door without adjusters.

  1. Insert door and frame into opening and open door 90 degrees
  2. Using packers and a spirit level raise the lowest side of the frame until the top of the frame is level
  3. Adjust the hinge post until the front face is plumb, ensuring the top of the frame does not lean in or out.
  4. Drill and insert fixings into the top and bottom holes. DO NOT TIGHTEN at this point
  5. Position the frame centrally in the opening with hinge post vertical. Place packers close to both fixings if require then TIGHTEN THE FIXINGS
  6. Drill the remaining holes on the hinge post and insert fixings. DO NOT TIGHTEN
  7. Place packers between wall and frame adjacent to fixings where required. The packing should be tight, but not so much that it would cause a bow in the frame. NOW TIGHTEN FIXINGS
  8. Close door leaf to test in the frame. If the leading edge of the door is too high add packing towards the top of the hinge post. If too low reduce packing towards the top of the hinge post.
  9. Once adjustments are complete, drill and insert fixings into the lock post BUT DO NOT TIGHTEN
  10. Insert packers between wall and frame adjacent to each fixing. Tighten fixing. Do not over pack between the wall and frame. Your door should now open and close easily.
  11. Test your door hardware
  12. Fit the aluminium bottom sill (where applicable). Level it up with shims so that it is parallel with the bottom of the door leaf. Drill and fix to the floor.
  13. Mastic seal around inside and outside of door
  14. Plug all fixing holes in frame with bungs provided

 Fitting a single door with adjusters.

  1. Insert door and frame into opening and place a spirit level parallel to the frame
  2. Once the frame is sitting in the opening and is perfectly square, start screwingthe adjusters through the tapped holes using hex tool provided, so that the frame is secure with the opening. making sure the top adjusters are fastened first, followed by the bottom adjusters and finally the middle ones. Take care not to distort the frame.
  3. Once the adjustment is complete,drill and insert fixings down both vertical posts. Double check doors alignment with a spirit level and then tighten fixings.
  4. Test your door hardware
  5. Fit the aluminium bottom sill (where applicable). Level it up with shims so that it is parallel with the bottom of the door leaf. Drill and fix to the floor.
  6. Mastic seal around inside and outside of door
  7. Plug all fixing holes in frame with bungs provided

 Fitting double doors without adjusters.

  1. Assemble the door frame, using blocks & screws. Insert frame into opening & check to see which side of the frame is higher
  2. Level up the front face of the hinge post, ensuring the top of the frame does not lean in or out of the opening
  3. Drill and insert fixings into top and bottom fixing holes on the higher of the 2 frame posts. DO NOT TIGHTEN
  4. Position frame centrally in the opening with 1st hinge post vertical. Place packers close to both fixings and tighten
  5. Raise up the lower part of the fame by placing packers under the lower hinge post. Ensure it's level using a spirit level on the head
  6. Drill and insert fixings into top and bottom fixing holes. Level up the front face of the frame and TIGHTEN THE FIXINGS
  7. Hang the doors on the frames and chack that they close correclty. Test door hardware.
  8. If the doors binds at the top of the frame, remove some packing from both sides and the top and tighten the fixings once more. If the boor leafs bind at the bottom, remove packing from the bottom at both sides and tighten the fixings
  9. Once doors are positioned and working correclty, the remaining holes can be drilled and fixings inserted.
  10. Place packers between wall and frame adjacent to each fixing, ensuring that the frame isn't over packed. Tighten fixings.
  11. Test door hardware
  12. Fit the aluminium bottom sill (where applicable). Level it up with shims so that it is parallel with the bottom of the door leaf. Drill and fix to the floor.
  13. Mastic seal around inside and outside of door
  14. Plug all fixing holes in frame with bungs provided