Replacing an Interior Door


You can bring changes and brighten dark hallways with stained old doors by simply changing the doors. There are door types that come pre-hung, pre-primed and any one of the updated new 6-panel style of doors will brighten and completely change the appearance of the hallway.

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The first thing to do is to get the exact door size and swing, as pre-hung doors will have a hole for the door handle already cut for you. You can stand so the door swings to you, if the handle is on the left; it is a left swinging door, if on the right, then it is a right swinging door.  You can then measure the width and height of the door itself.  Most new doors come in two standard heights but if your own is different, you can put a special order for it. You can also trim 2” off the bottom, if needed.  The width of a door comes in standard sizes and can also be custom-built to fit your needs.

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You can remove the old door by tapping out the pins in the door hinges and carefully remove the door.  When you have removed the door, you can take off the moulding from the inside of the doorway, so as not to damage the wall. With the moulding removed on both sides of the door frame, it is time to remove the door casing.  You can then use a saw to cut the nails by putting the saw blade between the framing and the old door casing.  On the other hand, you can use  a claw hammer to pull out all the nails holding the casing to the wall framing the remove the old casing and clean up the old nails left on the door framing.

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You can easily install the pre-hung door if you do it carefully. First, you need to measure the interior framing height and width and cut the new door casing and moulding to fit the new opening.  Once you get the right height, there will be some type of fastener holding the door together, because the casing is designed to split to be able to put one section on the inside of the door way and one half on the other side, and then slide the two sections together.  This will accommodate the exact wall thickness by design of the new door, called a split jam door.

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When you take the new door frame apart, you will see how the door casing comes apart and comes back together.  Take the door jamb and door assembly section, and put them into place and roughly centre the gap between the casing and framing.  Using wood shims and a level, make sure the hinge side of the new door jamb is plumb, and nail the outside moulding to the framing to keep it aligned. Next, using the door as your gauge, keeping the gap even at the top, nail the top casing, and then finally nail the door latch side casing, making sure the jamb and door are even all the way from top to bottom.  Now, slowly open the door to make sure it swings properly, and using shims behind the hinge side of the door casing, nail the jamb to the framing.  After that, take the other half of the jamb, slide the two sections together, and nail the outside casing to the wall.  Once again, check the door for fit and swing, install the door handle and strike plate, and you’re done.

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