How to Hang a Door

Whether your doors are damaged or you're just renovating the interior of your home, the process of hanging a door is one which may seem a daunting task unless you know how. With this step-by-step guide, you'll learn all you need to know about installing an interior door safely and efficiently.

 

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Tools and materials

Before you get to work, you'll need to ensure you have the following:

  • Fine-tooth hand saw
  • Screwdriver
  • Spirit level
  • Hammer
  • Wood chisel
  • Planer
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Door wedge
  • New interior door
  • Hinges and screws

 

Step 1: Removing your old door

  • Take your screwdriver and unscrew your old door from its frame.
  • Take care to ensure that you don't damage the hinge rebates on the frame; you'll need to keep these intact so that your new door can be hung securely.
  • Place your old door neatly out of harm's way.

 

Step 2: Measuring the doorframe and your new door

  • Take your tape measure and measure the doorframe from the bottom to the head of the frame. Make sure you measure both sides; it may be that your frame is not perfectly rectangular. door-hang-tape
  • Now, measure both sides of your new door. If you find that it is longer than the frame, you'll need to trim it to size.

 

Step 3: Trimming your door to fit

If your measurements indicate that trimming is necessary, place your door on a work surface and:

  • Take your fine-tooth saw or planer and begin trimming the door to size. Make sure you do this from the bottom of the door.
  • When using a planer on interior oak doors or those with clearly-defined growth rings, make sure that you plane in the direction of these.
  • Also, try to plane towards the centre of the surface to reduce the risk of splintering at the edges.

 

Step 4: Ensuring your new door fits

  • Place your new door into the frame.
  • Ensure there is a 2mm gap between the door and doorframe on all four sides. If not, you'll need to return the door to your work area and make adjustments with your planer.
  • If you do need to plane the sides, always plane the side with the hinges - these will be out of the way, so any imperfections will be hidden.
  • Only plane from both sides if large adjustments need to be made.

 

Step 5: Fitting the hinges to your door door-hinge

Once you're sure that your new door fits nicely into the frame with a 2mm gap on all sides:

  • Take your pencil and mark the points on the side of your new door where it lines up with the top and bottom of each hinge rebate.
  • Return the door to your work area, and mark the thickness of your hinges on to the side of the door, between the marks you made earlier.
  • Then, place the hinges into position and draw around them with your pencil to indicate where they will sit on the edge.
  • Take your hammer and chisel and cut an outline into the wood, with the depth corresponding to the thickness of the hinge marked earlier.
  • Now, use your hammer and chisel to remove the material where the hinge will sit, creating a hinge rebate.
  • Place the hinges neatly into position and screw them into your door.

 

Step 6: Fitting your door to the frame

  • Place your new door into the frame, and use wedges to hold it in position.
  • Now, take your screwdriver and screw the hinges into the hinge rebates of the frame. It's always easier to attach the top hinge first.
  • The screw heads need to sit nice and squarely into the hinge, since this will allow the door to open and close much more smoothly.
  • Once you have fitted most of the screws, have a try at opening and closing your door. If it swings smoothly and easily, attach the remaining screws.

 

And there we are! You have successfully hung a shiny new interior door. Now, how to get rid of the old one…

 

 

 

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