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How To Do Easy DIY : Hanging A Door

How To Do Easy DIY : Hanging A Door

Changing a door can instantly improve the look of your home. Hanging a door is a DIY job you can do yourself, and with this video you'll soon get the hang of it.

Step 1: You will need

  • 1 tape measure
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 hand plane
  • 1 sandpaper
  • 1 hammer
  • 1 set square
  • 1 Stanley knife
  • 1 wood chisel
  • 1 drill
  • wood and screw bits
  • 1 saw
  • some masking tape
  • a couple of coins
  • wood wedges
  • 1 vice
  • 2 100mm hinges and screws

Step 2: Measure up

Measure the length and width of the frame opening before buying your new door to make sure you get the right size. Allow for a 2mm gap at either side of the door and at the top, and 6mm clearance at the bottom - or a little more of you've got a really deep carpet.

It's unlikely you'll be able to find one exactly the right size so go for one a little bigger

Step 3: Trim the door

Steady the door in your vice, with the opening side at the top. Measure, and mark the cut lines. Then measure again to make sure it's correct. The professionals' mantra is; 'Measure twice and cut once', it's a hell of a lot easier than the other way around.

When you are certain, plane down to the cut line. Or of there is more than 6mm to take off, use a saw.

Always plane from the edges in, in broad, sweeping movements. This will give you an even surface and stops the corners from splitting.

Give the new edge a quick sanding for a smooth finish.

Step 4: Hinge positions

Turn the door over to have the hinge side upper most. Measure 15cm (6 inches) down from the top and mark, and 23 cm (9 inches) up from the bottom - this is the outer marks for your hinges. If you have a panelled door like this one, the top is the end with the shorter panels. Use a set square to draw a firm, horizontal line at each of your marks.

Open the hinge and hold it in place with the spindle section butting against the edge. Score around the edge of the hinge with your Stanley knife, always cutting away from your supporting hand to avoid any bloody accidents. Draw over the line with your pencil just to make it easier to see for the next step. Do exactly the same for the second hinge.

Step 5: Cut the recesses

Use a sharp chisel, with the bevelled edge facing in, to make a series of cuts along the pencil line. Now chisel into the recess, furling up the wood as you go.

Hold the chisel at the top of the recess, again with your hands well out of the way, and in one swift movement shear off the wood. Now use a twisting action to deepen the recess. Regularly try the hinge to check it fits, when it sits flush to the door, you are ready to do the same on the second hinge.

Step 6: Attach the hinges

Position each hinge flap in its recess on the door and, with your pencil, mark the position of the middle screw. Put the hinge to one side

Use a drill bit slightly narrower than your screws to make a pilot hole. Take care to keep the bit, that's the spinny part, square to the door edge, our tip is to start slow, then accelerate once you've gotton started. Put the hinge back in place and put the middle screw in, it should go in nice and easy thanks to your pilot holes.

Now the hinge is secured, make the two other pilot hole and screw in place. That's one done, repeat the whole process to attach the second hinge.

Step 7: Fit to the frame

To help hold the door in position in the frame, it's worth fixing up a temporary door jamb. Measure a door width in from the edge of the door frame. Again use your set square to draw a line perfectly parallel to the edge. Nail a strip of wood to this guide line, then do the same on the other side. This simply will be used as a support to get the door in position - when the job is done they can be easily removed.

To make sure the door if the right distance from the top of the frame here's another great tip. Tape a coin at either end of the top of the door. When you jack the door into position you can guarantee an evenly spaced gap.

Hold the door in place, and use your trusty Stanley knife to make a small nick on the frame at the position of each hinge.

Step 8: Prepare the frame

That's the measuring done so put the door to one side, and remove just one of the hinges as you will need this as a templ