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How to hang shed doors

Updated February 21, 2017

The most tedious aspect of assembling a shed involves the hanging of the doors. The project is not physically gruelling, but it requires concentration and care to properly level the doors and ensure they do not swing about or sag. Attaching the doors requires mounting the hinges first to the frame, then the door, and finally, attaching any door hardware after the unit is complete.

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  1. Attach each hinge to the door frame using only one screw driven into place with a drill and screwdriver drill bit. The hinge aspect, which is the metal rod holding the two halves of the hinge together, should be flush and level with the exterior edge of the frame. Position each hinge within 30 to 60 cm (1 to 2 feet) of the top or bottom of the door frame.

  2. Hold a level against the hinge flush with the top of the installed screw. Align the hinge so that the corresponding screw hole on the opposite half of the hinge is level with the first screw. Drive additional mounting screws into the frame through the hinge to lock the position into place. Repeat for each hinge.

  3. Position the doors into the frame. Press wood shims below the door, between the side of the doors and the frame, and between pairs of doors for double doors to obtain the proper position of the doors. The base of each door should be level with the floor of the shed with a slight gap of 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) between pairs of double doors.

  4. Fold the hinge over to where it touches the door. Drive one screw through each hinge into the door and tighten the screws. Remove the shims and test the door. Adjust the position of the doors and the initial screw until the door swings as desired without rubbing the frame or adjoining surfaces.

  5. Drive additional screws into the door through the remaining screw holes in the hinge.

  6. Close the doors and install shims to hold the door steady. Attach the door hardware, such as latches or locks, at the desired height. Attach the hardware to the door first and then attach the connecting aspect of the units to the frame to properly position the hardware.

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Things You'll Need

  • Exterior metal hinges
  • Drill
  • Screwdriver drill bit
  • Level
  • Mounting screws
  • Door hardware

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