DIY Door Replacement

Most people decide to call in the professionals when they need to replace the existing external door furniture and replace it with a new one. However, this job is quite simple and any "do it yourself" enthusiast can perform this job perfectly, as long as they are careful with the measurements and have the tools required for the job. Here are some tips that will allow you to complete the job smoothly. Remember, it is extremely important to know the type of door you will require. If you are planning to fit an external door, then you want something fireproof and sturdy, hence select your preferred style carefully. Once you have settled on the type of door you need, purchase one whose size is as close as possible to the door you will be replacing. As retailers stock most of the common door sizes you can go ahead and purchase an of the shelf model. However, in most cases, you will need to do a bit of measuring and trimming. Measure the length and width of the frame and mark these on the new door. Allow for three millimetres clearance on the sides and five millimetres clearance at the bottom. Finally, remove the existing door from the frame ready to make space for the new one.

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The procedure

You will require a hand or electric planer for trimming your new door. If the size of the new door is more than five millimetres from the old one, you will require a circular saw to cut the new door to the required size. Always trim off equal amounts from the top and bottom, as well as the sides. This helps keep things even. Now check if the new door fits in the frame. You might need the help of someone else to slot the door into the frame. Remember to wedge the bottom of the door in place. Once you are satisfied that the door fits perfectly, it is time to attach new hinges to it. You will require a power drill equipped with a 3mm wood bit and a screwdriver for this. Fit the hinges into the existing hinge recesses. Your last job is to check the hinge positions and fix the door into place. Use a pencil to mark the position of the hinges on the new door, and chisel out the extra wood to ensure that your door shuts smoothly after you fix it to the frame. Check if the door opens and closes properly. In case it does, screw in the remaining hinges.