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How to Install Windows and Doors

Learn to safely install and weatherproof residential windows, interior doors, pre-hung doors, and exterior doors using both Tyvek and ZIP systems.


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  • Spanish Subtitles Available

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  • 15 In-depth Lessons

  • Certificate of Completion

  • Practical Resources

Lesson Plan

15 Video Lessons · 3H 39M

  • 1. Introduction

    Nielsen Crist, a carpenter based in Bedminster, New Jersey, reviews what the course will cover, including how to waterproof framing.

  • 2. How to Install an Exterior Door, Tyvek System: Wrapping the Wall

    Tyvek is a weather-resistant barrier commonly used in wall framing. Niel shares how not to install Tyvek, and how to do it properly and efficiently so that you’ve got a waterproof assembly for your exterior door opening.

  • 3. How to Install an Exterior Door, Tyvek System: Sill Pan Flashing

    Learn to create and install your own sill pan using flexible tape.

  • 4. How to Install an Exterior Door, Tyvek System: Flashing the Frame

    Niel shows you how to install flashing around the frame of the opening to create a water-resistant seal for your door.

  • 5. How to Install an Exterior Door, Tyvek System: Shimming the Door

    Learn to set your door in place and make sure it’s centered, level, and plumb using shims.

  • 6. How to Install an Exterior Door, Tyvek System: Fastening and Sealing the Door

    Niel teaches you to finish the installation of your door by fastening it in place, and sealing using flashing tape, spray foam, and sealant.

  • 7. How to Install a Window, Tyvek System: Wrapping and Flashing

    Niel uses two kinds of tape to flash a waterproof barrier around his window openings. Learn how to properly install Tyvek around your window, and tape to keep water from penetrating the wall assembly.

  • 8. How to Install a Window, Tyvek System: Setting

    Setting a window is usually a two person job. Learn to work with a partner to get your window centered in the opening, level, and set into place using cabinet screws.

  • 9. How to Install a Window, Tyvek System: Sealing

    Once your window is in place, it’s time to shim and fasten it all around, then seal the exterior and interior to keep water from entering.

  • 10. How to Install an Exterior Door, ZIP System: Taping

    Niel introduces a different weather resistance barrier system, the ZIP System, and shows you how to tape your door opening using flexible ZIP tape.

  • 11. How to Install an Exterior Door, ZIP System: Setting and Shimming the Door

    Learn to set your door in place using shims, overcome common problems while fastening the door to the wall assembly, and adjust the threshold.

  • 12. How to Install an Exterior Door, ZIP System: Sealing the Door

    In this lesson, Niel shows you how to seal the exterior of the door using ZIP tape, and seal the interior of the door using a foam backer rod and sealant.

  • 13. How to Install a Window: ZIP System

    Learn to hang a window in an opening that uses fluid-applied waterproofing as its flashing, and to seal with a foam backer rod and liquid flashing.

  • 14. How to Install a Prehung Interior Door

    Last but certainly not least, Niel shows you one method for installing a pre-hung door on the interior of a house, and install the hardware required to open and close the door.

  • 15. Conclusion

    Nielsen explains how residential construction has evolved in the last century. Plus: why waterproofing houses can extend a home’s longevity and gaining experience is the best way to grow as a carpenter.

Who it's for: This course was designed for construction professionals or carpenters wanting to know about the key processes, techniques and tools used when installing windows and doors in a remodel or new home.

Key Topics

  • Exterior doors

  • Pre-hung doors

  • How to install a window

  • Door installation

  • Zip system

  • Tyvek

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    MT Copeland helps you further your career in the building industry with expert-led online education that will make you a better, smarter tradesperson.

    Our training courses give you a foundation in construction fundamentals and trade skills with real-world applications and best practices to help you grow on the job.

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    Online courses include professionally produced videos taught by leaders in the trades and supplementary learning material such as quizzes, assessments and downloadable materials to help you acquire new skills. Watch anywhere, always at your own pace. We keep lesson videos short so they’re easy to watch after work or on your lunch break. You can finish a course in one sitting, or space it out over a week or two.

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