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Learn How to Install a Door and Save on Labor

A home improvement project you can do yourself

You don’t have to be a home improvement expert to install a door yourself. With just a few tools and a modest amount of building knowledge you can put in a new door that looks better and works better than the one you’re replacing. And since you do the work yourself you can avoid having to pay for installation costs. When you need to learn how to install a door, simply follow these steps:

  1. Choose either a right-hand or left-hand swinging door. If you purchased the door and it still has a brace on to keep the frame aligned, leave the brace on until you have plumbed, shimmed, and secured the door in place.
  2. Trim away any excess drywall around the doorway. This ensures that the door will hang plumb.
  3. Check that the floor is level and mark for any shims you will need to help the door hang evenly.
  4. Mark on the jamb of the door where you will need to place shims.
  5. Cut the door to the appropriate length. Remember, always measure twice and cut once.
  6. Remove any packing material from the door, including the plug that comes in the hole for the door knob and the temporary trim on the bottom of the door.
  7. Position the door inside of the opening. Make sure that the door is plumb and that it can swing open and closed easily.
  8. Use nails to secure the door jamb along it’s length.
  9. Use a straightedge to verify that the door can swing open and closed. When the door is closed, place a shim by the bottom hinge to give yourself room to make any necessary adjustments.
  10. Check again that the door is level along the top edge.
  11. Nail the door into place going through the jamb and the shims that you have placed on the inside edge.
  12. Take a nail set and hammer the nails into place beyond the plane of the wood. Then fill in the nail holes with spackle.
  13. Check once again that the door can open and close freely.
  14. Place a level on the vertical surface of the door to make sure that it is hanging plumb.
  15. If you need to make adjustments, try placing a board against the edge of the door and using a sledgehammer to make very light taps.

Find Your New Door at Penny Window

This process might sound confusing to read about, but once you start working with the materials it’s really quite simple. If this project is in your plans rely on Penny Window to help you find the perfect new door for your space. We have a huge selection of sizes and styles, along with some of the most competitive prices you will find anywhere. And if you prefer to leave everything up to a professional, we can hang your door for you too. Find out just how accessible a new door can be by getting a free estimate today.


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