Refreshing or upgrading your home does not have to involve major home renovations or extensions. Replacing your interior door can be an easy and inexpensive way to refresh your home. Installing a new door may seem like a complicated task and a DIY job not for everyone. However, with our step by step process, you can easily install an interior door.
Step 1 – Select the right tools for the job
- Tape Measure
- Sharp Pencil
- Chisel (25mm)
- Drill Bit (2mm and 3mm)
- Wooden Wedges
Step 2 – Take measurements for the new door
If you have an existing door, simply take measure its width, height and thickness as per the below diagram. Please note to measure the height at two points (left and right) and measure the width at three points (top, middle and bottom). Use the largest of the points to determine the size of the door required.
If you have an existing door frame but without an existing door, you can measure the height and width between the insides of the frame. Please note to measure the height at two points (left and right) and measure the width at three points (top, middle and bottom). Use the largest of the points to determine the size of the door required.
Once the size is determined, you can choose a door that matches nearest to your door measurements, rounding up. Remember you can always trim down the door but cannot grow it! Ideally, there should be a 2mm gap around the top and side of the door from the frame – a flat penny is a good way to measure this.
Step 3 – Measuring the hinge positions
Hold the door inside the frame using wedges & penny to have equal gaps around it. How? Partially hammer four nails into the frame at the depth of the door to stop it from falling through. The door needs to have a gap beneath it to insert two wedges or screwdrivers underneath to keep it in place.
Mark the position of existing hinge cut-outs at both top and bottom (and middle if three hinges are used). If it is a new door frame, measure 5 inches from the top of the door for the top hinge and 10 inches away from the bottom for the bottom hinge.
Step 4 – Fitting the hinges
Using the marked position of the hinges, draw around the hinge with a pencil and measure the thickness of the hinge metal plate. Hold a sharp 25mm chisel at 45° at the marked hinge position, make series of stepped cuts recess into the door using the mallet. Ensure each cut is 5mm apart and only up to the depth of the hinged metal plate.
Remove any extra wood from the recess and fit the hinges into position. Using the hinge as a guide, drill down pilot holes in the doors for screws. Using a screwdriver or drill, screw the hinges into the door and fully tighten.
Step 5 – Hanging the door on the frame
Position the door at 90° to the frame and hold it with the help of the wedges under the door. Test by fixing one screw into the bottom hole of each hinge. Once bottom screws are fixed, check the door opens and closes smoothly without any sticking or resistance. If ok, fix the remaining screws of the hinges into the frame through hinges.
If there is resistance or the door isn’t hanging correctly, try loosening the screws slightly. If the door seems to be sticking at a point, it may need to be removed to trimmed, planed or sanded to resolve the issue.
Step 6 – Do justice to the door
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