How to Hang an Internal Door

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How to Hang an Internal Door
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When the doors inside a house do not hang right or are too hard to close, it takes away from the overall beauty of the interior of the house. Learning how to hang an interior door is just one of the things that a homeowner can learn to do to save money. It is important to take care of one of the largest investments you will ever make, so learning a few things about the upkeep of the house is wise.

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Things you need

  • Pre-hung interior door
  • Carpenter’s level
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Door shims
  • Hammer
  • 8d finish nails
  • Nail set

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  1. 1

    Remove the door from the doorjamb by placing the screwdriver on the bottom of the hinge-pins and tapping lightly with the hammer. Set the door aside for now.

  2. 2

    Inspect the space between the casing of the pre-hung interior door jamb to see if there are any staples holding the split jamb together. Remove any that you see and pull the door jamb apart.

  3. 3

    Place the jam with the door hinges on it in the opening. If there is space between the jam and the studs in the wall, insert door shims in the appropriate places to fill I the gap. It is best to drive a nail either right over the shims or close by for a solid install.

  4. 4

    Place the carpenter’s level on one of the vertical pieces of the jamb to make certain it is plumb. Adjust it accordingly and use the door shims to keep the install solid.

  5. 5

    Place the carpenter’s level on the top piece of the jamb to make certain it is level. If it is not, move the other vertical piece up in order to make the top piece level.

  6. 6

    Place door shims needed to keep the door jamb solid. Next, insert the other half of the door jamb. Install this side permanently by driving nails through the door casing around the door opening. Then, set the door back on its hinges. Set all the nail heads with the nail set.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear safety glasses to protect the eyes from falling debris around the door opening.
  • Fill all the nail holes with wood putty or painter’s caulk in preparation of the finish.
  • Placing a block of wood under the door will help steady it while putting it back on the hinges.
  • Never leave dropped nails on the floor in your work area in the presence of children.
  • Do not force the hinges back together, as this could damage the hinge.

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