How to Install an Interior Door

The first thing you will need to do is to gather your installation tools.

You will need:

  • nail gun (one that shoots small trim nails)
  • level (I prefer a 6ft level)
  • shims


The shims I use come in small packs about 8 inches long and 1 1/2 inches wide, which I cut in half.


The opening of your doorway should be 2 inches wider and 1 1/2 inches taller than the frame, not including the casing (the part you see on the wall around most doors) of the new door to be installed.


This is the door I will be installing.


The frame is what is called a split-jamb, so it needs to be separated. It it held together on each side by two blocks of wood which can be seen below.



The nail in the picture below is what keeps the door from swinging loose before installation. This should be removed just before you are ready to put the door in the opening.


You want to set the door up off the floor just a bit. To do this, I place a block of wood (approximately 3/8 inch thick) on the floor underneath the hinge side of the door.


Now you are ready to place the door into the opening.

Next, place your level against the hinges and lean the door slightly right or left, as needed, until the bubble is centered between the lines.


I like to use a 6 foot level because it will reach all three hinges simultaneously, resulting in a more accurate reading on your level.


At this point, you need to use your nail-gun, screws, or whatever you choose to fasten the door with, and fasten it securely. I typically nail twice behind each hinge, and once in between the hinges.


Make sure the gap along the top of the door is consistent, and nail the top.


Now you can do the same along the latch side. Occasionally the gap right at the top edge of the door will be to small and will need further adjusting. That is the case on this door.


Use a hammer to tap the frame until the gap is consistent. It would be best to use a block of would to hammer on to prevent from denting the frame.


Now you are ready for the other side of the door. Pull the door shut and check to see if the door contacts the frame the whole way down. In this case, the door closes tight at the top, but has a 1/4 inch gap at the bottom.


The door needs to be shimmed in place, it is best to start with the hinge side. I start on the bottom. To correct the gap where the door contacts the frame, pull the frame slightly and nail it. In this situation, the bottom of the door does no make contact with the frame, so I need to pull the frame next to the bottom hinge (almost as if you were twisting the whole frame) and nail it twice below the hinge, and once above.


Continue making adjustments and nailing the frame (always use shims where you nail) until the door fits nicely against the frame.


You can see here I shim behind each hinge. I also shim in three places on the latch side of the frame.


Now you are ready to install the “split” part of the split-jamb door.


Nail it through the door stop, at the same place you previously shimmed the door.


You also need to nail the casing all the way around.


In this case, the corners of the casing do not fit very well. To remedy this, slide a shim behind the joint of the casing until the gap is closed.


Now your door installation is complete:D


Rest? What’s That?

What does it mean to be at rest?

Is it a deep down inside “spiritual” thing? Or is it merely a physical state of being? Can you live a hectic lifestyle while still being at “rest”?

Waking at 4:30 a.m. to prep for the day, leaving for work (I am self-employed) at 6:00 a.m., working at least a 10 hour day (plus a 1 hour commute, on average, each way), should leave plenty of time in the evenings to be at rest.

Somehow though, there seems to always be things popping up, more than willing to fill any free time I may have though I had. Hours spent on book-keeping for my business, permaculture class, mind-stretching books (I just finished The Art of Deception), designing and carving with my CNC, time spent with my god-children….the list goes on.

It doesn’t take long before you start to realize something has got to go, or most things will be done half-heartedly (take this blog, for instance). While it is by no means something that is worth my time when you consider the monetary ROI (there is none), it is a good way to learn a little about how to design and run a website for a future business that may need one. To that end, I should dedicate myself a little more.

Rest, what is it?

Am I resting if I am sitting on the corner chair reading? One might say, “yes”.

But what of the thoughts swirling through my brain about all the things I SHOULD be doing instead? That doesn’t make for a very restful evening. Sleep? Think instead of all the things I should have been doing instead of what it is I WAS doing.


Maybe it’s a frame of mind.

Maybe there is a different word that could better capture what it is I’m looking for. Might ‘peace’ fit the bill? I know of a Book that speaks some on that topic. Here’s an example.

And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:7 NASV

Read. Pray. Rest.

What Happened to Our Leaders

It seem we have a shortage of good, true leaders in society today. From the smallest social construct, the family, all the way up through the spectrum of churches, schools, communities, and governments (local, state, and federal). The degeneration of society has come about because of the absence of balance in the roles people play. Today we are looking at the role of leaders.

First off, we need to define what is a leader, and what is his/her role.

  • Head of a group, or organization. This one seems rather obvious, as you can’t ‘lead’ if there are no followers.
  • Virtuous/moral character. While there may be some debate on virtue and morality, it remains true that there is a line that, once crossed, will cause people to no longer trust the ‘leader’ to make good decisions.
  • A leader must balance the benefits of a decision made today with the consequences it may cause tomorrow. Ideally there would always only be beneficial outcomes, both today and in the future. But that is not always the case.
  • Strong, yet flexible. A leader must be able to stand by his/her decisions when he/she knows it’s the right one, while also retaining to ability to change his/her decision when shown he/she is in error.

A good leader leads from a perspective of logic and reason, (what is the outcome of my decision), not from and emotional view of the matter, (how will this make people FEEL). No matter the decision, there will ALWAYS be someone who’s ‘feeling’ is hurt. It is nearly impossible to make a decision, involving more than one person, where someone doesn’t have to budge at least a little on their position.

A some real life example.

There is a school I know of, where the school board has no leadership. The board members are driven almost entirely by emotion. There can be no decisions made without the worry of how someone, (students, parents, teachers) might ‘feel’ about the particular decision made. Therefore, there are rarely any decisions made. The handbook, which lays out procedures and protocols, is rarely followed because the decisions that are made by following the guidelines set in the handbook may cause someone to be upset, so the proverbial goalpost is constantly being moved.

Many board meetings are had, but, for lack of a leader,almost nothing productive comes from them. Teachers are left having to make decisions that should have made long ago by the chairman. They are left to plan field trips, set guidelines for discipline, among other things that should a school board/chairman’s job, all because of lack of leadership.

In churches, many so-called “pastors” run their church based on emotion. There can be no right and wrong because someone might ‘feel’ bad about themselves and their lifestyle. People flounder because there is no definition in ANYTHING! Right, wrong, roles, job descriptions, anything. To define something seems to be a bad thing in the world we are in today. All because our “leaders” are driven solely by emotion.

The same goes in our government institutions. Nearly the only requirement to have a judgement passed in your favor it to “feel” slighted.



How Would They Build The Roads (Part 2)

This is by no means a deep in depth authoritative study on the matter, just some thoughts as to how things might play out in an society sans government.

A little thought exercise: imagine with me for a moment, that the people who comprise the current government, vacated their positions. Perhaps they were all simultaneously struck with a sudden crisis of conscience, maybe they were raptured in all their saintly-hood. For whatever reason, we no longer have the “authority” there to tell us what we can and cannot do, right and wrong.

Most people’s first thought is, “how would they build and maintain the roads”.

broken road

For the most part, the roads today are already in place and in decent enough condition. There are always, of course, exceptions to this, but the question of BUILDING the roads is mostly taken care of.

Now, how would we maintain them.

This could be taken care of in a variety of ways, all without central planning and oversight. The repair work could be done by volunteers, with funds being raised through donations. In a city with a large  enough population, its likely there would be enough money donated to the road fund to hire an actual paving company. Private businesses would also help, as bad roads are hard on vehicles and equipment, and most private businesses tend to try to protect their investments in any way possible. Take the case of Domino’s Pizza, where they paid to have roads repaired in multiple cities across the U.S.

You could also have a toll-booth like system on lager more well traveled highways. This could be set up somehow with block-chain to keep track of all funds collected to ensure the money is not mis-appropriated.

If a new major highway or bridge was needed, a private road building company might consider doing the work, and charging a toll for traveling the highway. This is often done by government now even though the roads are already funded through taxation.

We are only limited by our imaginations in coming up with solutions to this issue. One thing is certain, we do not need central planners to build/maintain our roads any more than they are needed to build houses, vehicles, and grow food. If the demand is great enough, someone will step up to fill the need, no matter the product in question.


How Would They Build The Roads

     Anarchy – it’s a word that scares most people. But what, really, is the true meaning of the word? From Wikipedia –  

Anarchy is the condition of a society, entity, group of people, or a single person that rejects hierarchy.[1] The word originally meant leaderlessness, but in 1840 Pierre-Joseph Proudhon adopted the term in his treatise What Is Property? to refer to a new political philosophyanarchism, which advocates stateless societies based on voluntary associations. In practical terms, anarchy can refer to the curtailment or abolition of traditional forms of government and institutions. It can also designate a nation (or anywhere on earth that is inhabited) that has no system of government or central rule. Anarchy is primarily advocated by anarchists, individuals who propose replacing government with voluntary institutions.

From Miriam-Webster

1a absence of government
b a state of lawlessness or political disorder due to the absence of governmental authority

  • the city’s descent into anarchy
c utopian society of individuals who enjoy complete freedom without government
2a absence or denial of any authority or established order 

  • anarchy prevailed in the ghetto
b absence of order disorder

  • not manicured plots but a wild anarchy of nature
  •  —Israel Shenker

Let’s break down the word anarchy to find the deeper meaning. We’ll start with arch:

From English-for-Students –


This ROOT-WORD is the Root ARCH which means RULER. It comes from the GREEK archos. From this basic meaning it is associated with chief or head or king or origin in one way or another. You can make many words with ARCH, from ARCHbishop to ARCHfoe, from ARCHfriend to ARCHilar. Sometimes it is pronounced ARCH and sometimes ARK. 

1. Myriarch : myri ARCH (mir’ i ark) n. 

A leader of 10,000 troops 

2. Panarchy : pan ARCH y (pan’ ar ki) n. 

Government by all; universal rule 

3. Anarchy : an ARCH y (an’ ar kee) n. 

A state without government 

4. Architect : ARCH itect (ar’ ki tekt) n. 

The creator of a design or plan for a building 

5. Biarchy : bi ARCH y (bie’ ar ki) n. 

Government by two people 

6. Chiliarch : chili ARCH (kil’ i ark) n. 

Chief over a thousand troops 

7. Exilarch : exil ARCH (ek; si lark) n. 

Ruler over the Jews in Babylon 

8. Ecclesiarch : ecelesi ARCH (e klee’ zi ark) n. 

The leader of a church 

9. Demarch : dem ARCH (dee’ mark) n. 

The mayor in modern Greece 

10. Endarchy : end ARCH y (en’ dark ee) n. 

Government from an inner center of control 

11. Genarch : gen ARCH (jen’ ark) n.

The head of a family

12. Hierarch : hier ARCH (hie’ a rark) n.

A leader in the church

13. Monarch : mon ARCH (mon’ ark) n.

A single ruler, as a king

14. Matriarch : matri ARCH (may’ tree ark) n.

The female head of a tribe or family

15. Patriarch : patri ARCH (pay’ tree ark) n.

The male head of family or tribe

16. Oligarchy : olig ARCH y (ol’ i gar kee) n.

Government in the hands of a few

17. Pentarchy : pent ARCH y (pent’ ar kee) n.

Government by five rulers or five powers

18. Polemarch : polem ARCH (pol’ e mark) n.

A military leader in Athens 



The word “arch”, has to do with a government, ruler, or leader. Now for the prefix  “an-“.



Word Origin
  1. prefix occurring before stems beginning with a vowel or h in loanwords from Greek, where it means“not,” “without,” “lacking” (anarchy; anecdote); used in the formation of compound words:

     So you have the prefix “an”, meaning “without”, and the root “archy”, meaning ruler/s. So the literal meaning of the word anarchy is, “without rulers”. Not the implied meaning you get from MSM of chaos, disorder, pandemonium.

I had had several conversations with my cousin this past week that led up to this. We had talked about the wars our country is involved in right now. We had talked about voting, and whether or not it makes a difference if and who you vote for. We talked briefly about 9/11 and whether or not the official story was to be believed. When it came out that I did not, he immediately asked if I was anti-American and anti-government. So I had to try to explain to him how I believed society could exist without people to rule over us – anarchy. His first question,

“how would we/they build the roads?”

So how WOULD we build the roads? We’ll dive into that in the future.

Repairing a Rotten Door Jamb

One of the things I tend to run into in my work, is rotten door jambs. This can be caused by rain water splashing up onto it, improperly aimed sprinkler systems constantly wetting it, or a variety of other factors. Regardless of the exact cause, there are 2 fixes that can be used: replacing the whole door unit, or cutting out the rotten sections and replacing it. The latter fix is the one I used here.

As you can see, water has wicked up from the bottom and rotted the bottom 12 or so inches of this door jamb.


Here I have used my skil saw and miter saw to manufacture a new door jamb section from a pressure treated 2×8. Notice the small kerf, to allow for installation of the weather stripping.


Here is another view.


The 2x8s were a bit thicker than the original door jamb, so I had to run them through my table saw several times to rip it down to the right thickness.



I also had to cut the threshold to fit the new door jamb sections. I used a side grinder and a jig saw for this job.


Next step is to bondo the joints.


The bondo dries fairly quickly, and must then be sanded smooth.


Here is the finished product.