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How To Hang A Door

How To Hang A Door

Our expert hangs a new door onto a new frame. It has never been so easy to learn DIY over the Internet. All the information you need is in the video.

Step 1: You will need

Hinges and screws
A tape measure
A pencil
A panel saw
A plane
A narrow and medium-sized chisel
A hammer
A battery drill kit - complete with drill bits
Sand paper
Wooden wedges
Safety goggles
…and supports to rest the door on

You might also need narrow strips of wood for a doorstop

Step 2: Measure the door opening

Before you buy your new door, use your tape measure to measure the height and width of the door opening. Purchase a door that is either the right size or slightly larger than the door opening.

Step 3: Apply measurements to the door

Remember that you will need to leave a little space between the door, the frame and the floor. The recommended clearance for the top and sides is 2mm (1/16 inch). For the bottom the recommended clearance is 6mm (1/4 inch) but if you have particularly thick carpet you may need to leave a little more. However, be extremely careful not to overestimate the clearance needed.

Step 4: Trim the door

Trim the door by sawing or planing up to your pencil marks.

Step 5: Handy Hint

When using the plane, avoid chipping out the corners by working inwards from each edge towards the centre.

Step 6: Sand the edges

Once you have finished trimming the door, sand until smooth.

Step 7: Try the door in the frame

Place shallow wedges underneath the door and see how it fits in the frame. You may need someone to help you hold it up. If it does not fit properly, you will need to take it down and trim accordingly.

Step 8: Mark the hinges

Doors tend to open into a house or room. So the hinges will be positioned on the right side of the frame as you walk in.

Place the door on its side with the hinge side upwards. Measure and mark 15 cm or 6 inches from the top and bottom of the door.

This mark represents the bottom of the hinge at the bottom of the door, and the top of the hinge at the top.

Now open a hinge and place it on the door in line with the mark you have just made. Draw around it with a pencil. Repeat this for the other hinge.

Step 9: Cut hinge recesses

Before you pick up your chisel, remember your chisel safety. Make sure that you are wearing safety goggles and clear the area of potential hazards. Find a steady standing position and remember to watch your fingers when you do start chiselling.

Make a series of cuts along your pencil outline. Now chisel out a shallow recess for the hinge. Keep testing the fit – if you chisel out too much, it will be very hard to fix. Stop when the hinge lies flush with the door. Repeat this process for the other hinge.

Step 10: Mark and drill pilot holes

Position each hinge flap in its recess and, using your pencil, mark the screw positions.

Now select a drill bit that is slightly narrower than your screws and attach it to your drill.

Before you begin, remember drill safety. Put on your goggles. Make sure all loose items of clothing, hair and jewellery are tucked away. Clear the area of any potential hazards and find a steady standing position.

Drill some pilot holes. These will guide the screws. When drilling take care to keep the bit horizontal and square to the door edge.

Step 11: Screw on the hinges

Remember drill safety. Use either a screwdriver or your drill to screw in the hinges.

Step 12: Mark the hinge positions on frame

Get somebody to hold the door in position with the hinge flaps open on the frame. Insert two screwdrivers or shallow wooden wedges underneath the door so that the hinges are at the correct height against the frame.

Make sure that the hinge knuckles are parallel with the frame. Then use a pencil to draw around the hinges.

Now carefully remove the door and place it safely to one side.