AsktheBuilder.com Founder Tim Carter wants to create a step-by-step video series teaching you how to install a new front door. Read more
This project was successfully funded on January 21, 2013.
About this project
I need your help to create, quite possibly, the most authoritative step-by-step series of videos showing how you can install a new standard-sized factory pre-hung front door at your home in less than a day.
When you watch the videos, they'll take away all your fears. After watching the entire series, you'll have the confidence you need so you can tackle the job without the help of an expensive professional!
Here's the list of videos I plan to produce as part of this project:
- Measuring the Door - Secret Ninja Trick Known Only by a Few
- Removing and Salvaging the Interior Trim
- Discover the Top Three Mistakes You'll Avoid
- Weatherproof Shelter Allowing Installation in Any Weather
- Salvaging the Existing Door for a Needy Family
- Flashing the Rough Sill - Get Pro Results in Minutes!
- Shimming and Squaring Secrets for a Pre-Hung Door
- Selecting the Correct Rust-proof Fasteners
- Insulating Secrets
- Adjusting the Knob and Lockset for Perfect Fit
- Installing the Interior Trim Like a Pro
- Exterior Trim Tips
You can see this will be a really comprehensive step-by-step video series. I try to do my best to not only show you how to do things, but to also talk about why it's important.
I'll be installing a pre-finished fiberglass door that's 3' 0" wide by 6' 8" high. It'll also have a 1-foot full glass sidelight on either side of the door.
Watch the video below from my first Kickstarter project. I feel it's a pretty good example of my teaching style. Look, I'm even wearing the official project hat in the video!
I plan to take the same amount of time in each of these door videos. I want you to have the confidence to tackle your door replacement project with little or no fear!
This is my second Kickstarter project. In the summer of 2012, you may have been one of the backers of my DIY Shed Video Series. It was a huge success.
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This is the first Kickstarter project of mine that offers this one-of-a-kind award.
These full-color 8.5 x 11-inch certificates are printed on heavy stock paper in striking detail. Your name will be emblazoned on the certificate in script with rich royal-blue ink, and I'll personally autograph it. It'll be delivered to your doorstep by a courier!
All my future Kickstarter projects will also offer a similar certificate. Who knows, you may want to collect all of them.
Earn three Apprentice Certificates from three different projects, and you'll get an exclusive invitation to a LIVE carpentry webinar that I'll host.
Procure five Apprentice Certificates from future AsktheBuilder.com Kickstarter projects and you'll be invited to attend a full one-day workshop at the AsktheBuilder.com World Headquarters!
You can see why it's important to consider this Certificate Reward. Collect enough of them, and you get even more possible perks down the road.
Miss the Deadline and You Miss Out!
But remember, once this project funds and Kickstarter locks the door ten days after the launch, you'll never ever be able to get the certificate for this project. Select this reward now before it's too late.
If you back this project at the $25 Reward level, you'll be one of the few who receives this handsome personalized certificate.
Friends, relatives and neighbors who see it hanging on your wall after you frame it will be in awe that you were part of this amazing video project.
Click the image below to see a nearly full-size image of the real certificate that you'll receive!
Watching the Videos
The videos will be viewable on secure password-protected pages at my AsktheBuilder.com website once they're uploaded. I do this to minimize piracy. It's too bad we live in a time where people try to steal content, but it is what it is.
If you want to view the videos offline, I offer that option. All you have to do is select the $30 Reward and I'll send you a DVD with all the videos on it.
Risks and challenges
Some Kickstarter projects come with significant risk. As a backer, you're hoping the person behind the project comes through. You hope you get your reward.
You've got nothing to fear when you deal with AsktheBuilder.com. I've got a proven track record of performance. When I say I'm going to do something, it gets done. Period. Excuses are reason for failure, so says my daughter Meghan!
There's virtually no risk in this project. I've already ordered the door, and it's on its way. It will take just one day to install the door.
It's not a challenge for me to remove an existing door and install a new one, but it may be for you! That's why you're here reading this.
The day after the door is installed, I'll edit and upload the videos. It should take less than eight hours to do that. I know as I edited and uploaded nearly 200 step-by-step videos for my DIY Shed Project. Wow, you should see those!
Even if I get sick, the videos will be edited and uploaded by my crack staff. You'll have access easily within a week of completion.
Go ahead, back this project now. You should really think about getting your Apprentice Certificate. After a few more Kickstarter projects with me, you'll soon be a Master Carpenter!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Become an AmbassaDoor of the project! Your generous donation will allow me to summon all my fellow local New Hampshire wizards. We'll cast a protective spell that ensures success on all your future home improvement projects! Best deal you'll ever get for one sawbuck. EverEstimated delivery:
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EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL - You get online access to the entire video series. If it's Sold Out, have no fear! There's a great value waiting for you at the next reward level!Estimated delivery:
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You get online access to the entire video series. Purchase EXTRA access passes for your son, daughter, co-worker or that neighbor of yours that always seems to struggle with home repairs. It's better than taking over an apple pie.Estimated delivery:
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You get online access to the video series. But there's MORE. You get access to a 1-hour video where I answer many FAQs about exterior door installation. You get to submit your question(s) to me! Watching the 1-hour video plus the entire video series will give you HUGE confidence!Estimated delivery:
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You get online access to the video series and an Official AsktheBuilder.com Carpenter Apprentice Certificate that proclaims your dedication and support of this project. Printed on heavy stock paper in full color, this one-of-a-kind certificate has your name on it in handsome script and I autograph it! It will look handsome on your wall once you frame it. It's delivered to your doorstep by a courier.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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Watch the videos offline on a DVD I deliver to you via a courier. If you also want online access, I can give that to you as well. Your choice.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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You get the deluxe project hat with the custom logo plus online access to the entire video series.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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COMBO FUN-PAK: You get the custom hat, the Apprentice Certificate AND online access to the videos.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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View the entire videos series OFFLINE on a DVD. A courier delivers the DVD, the project hat, and the Carpenter Apprentice Certificate to your home.Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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You're named in a special private video that I tape just for you. I give you an exclusive tour of the finished door. I also write your name on the rough door jamb as a Platinum Sponsor of this project. The actual signing of your name is captured in the video. I send you an autographed DVD of your private video. You also get all the videos of the entire project on the DVD, a hat and an Apprentice Certificate!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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You're the star of the project! I tape a special video for you thanking you for your support. You get all the videos of the project and this special autographed private video on a DVD delivered to you by a courier. You also get a 30-minute private phone consult where I answer any and all questions you might have about installing your new door. You also get a hat and the Apprentice Certificate!Estimated delivery:Ships anywhere in the world
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