Replacing a Door
Replacing a door is one of the most effective ways of updating the look of your home. Replacing doors is not as difficult as it once was when using shims. With new door installation brackets, doors can be installed in as little as 4 minutes by a first time installer. With door replacement brackets there is no need to hire a professional. Door installation kits can be purchased for roughly the same cost as a pack of shims, all screws included. Available at most Home Depot locations, click for details!
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Replacing Interior Door detailed How-to Instructions
OLD DOOR REMOVAL & NEW DOOR PURCHASE
To begin replacing the door, first remove the old door. Usually finish nailed. Begin by carefully removing the door trim/casing using a putty knife or flat head screw driver. Once the trim has been removed, you will see shims in roughly 6 places around the door. The easy way to remove these is to use a saws all or hack saw to cut through the shims and nails. This will leave you with your rough door opening that is ready for new door replacement. Make sure to purchase a pre-hung door that this the same size as the one removed.
PREP THE WALL FOR DOOR REPLACING
A level/plumb line will be needed for the new door replacement. Working on the side of the future hinges, using a 6′ or 4′ level, carefully draw a perfectly level line down the drywall roughly 1/2″ from the rough door opening. This will be the door alignment aid. Make sure the level is showing perfectly level as we will be basing the replacement off of this line.
PREP THE PRE-HUNG DOOR
Start by attaching a door replacement bracket directly behind each of the 3 hinges. Screw the other 3 brackets onto the door frame/jamb directly across from the brackets on the other side of the door. When screwing the 3 brackets directly behind the hinges, make sure to align the bracket’s clearance hole up with the center screw of each hinge. This will allow the addition of extra support in a later step.
REPLACING THE DOOR
Set the new door into the rough opening. Start on the hinge side of the door. Screw in the top bracket with the black screws supplied with the door replacement kit. Now take note of which alignment notch on the bracket the drawn level line happens to match up to. Using this exact same notch on the remaining brackets, screw into the wall. If the level line goes through the same notch on all 3 hinge side brackets, the door is level. Now screw in the remaining strike side brackets while keeping the spacing between the door and the door frame/jamb the same.
FINISH THE DOOR REPLACEMENT
Finish the replacement process by finish/Bradly nailing the door trim around the outside of the door. The trim will completely conceal the use of door replacement brackets, resulting in a very strong, professional door installation.
To add additional support to a heavy solid core door, remove the 1/2″ center screw from each of the hinges. Remember that you have aligned the bracket clearance hole up behind these screws. Replace these screws with a 2″ screw for added support. The longer screw will pass through the hinge, through the bracket’s clearance hole, and into the wall stud to lock it up solid.
Definite Time Saver!
A significant time saver when hanging a large quantity of doors. We have to hang in excess of 2500 doors and this product was extremely beneficial.