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Hanging A Door

March 26, 2012

When you buy a door from a big box store, most likely it will come “pre-hung”.  This means it comes with its own frame, hinges, etc.. It’s all set to be installed in your new construction. If you buy a slab door (just the door itself without any frame or hardware) like we did then you must construct everything from scratch.

Building a door frame and hanging a door is no easy task. It may seem simple, but it is one of those projects that if you haven’t done it before, you will probably swear, stomp around, scratch your head, yell a few times, get in an argument with your spouse, almost give-up, and then pull through and finish up with a beer. Lisha from One House One Couple actually had a guest blogger talk about this whole process (minus the drama), so check it out there and we can skip it here. If you are wondering, I averted the door drama but had the beer. 🙂 Hubby was out of town for work last week and so our carpenter (who is well versed in hanging doors) did it for us.

If you are keen to try it for yourself, and you’re not dealing with new construction and want to swap out your doors for some snazzy vintage ones, just remember that:

Slab door installation requires a steady hand, a good eye, and lots of practice.  You’ll probably be fine if you’re doing a one-for-one installation.  That is, if the door you are installing is exactly the same size and has the same configurations (screw holes for the hinges, door knob sizing and positioning, etc.) as the door you are removing.  Any variation in door size and configurations, and it will be difficult, if not impossible, to make it hang right. –

7 Comments leave one →
  1. October 18, 2013 12:12 AM

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book
    in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics to
    drive the message home a little bit, but instead of that, this is great blog.
    An excellent read. I will definitely be back.

  2. 1house1couple permalink
    March 29, 2012 1:45 AM

    Yes, hanging a door is actually really hard to get right. Kyle and I know that for sure! hey, thanks for putting up a link to our hanging doors guest post. That was a good article 🙂

    lol about having the beer 😉


  3. Craig permalink
    March 27, 2012 5:50 AM

    The door looks great! I actually have to do this to all the doors to my upstairs bedrooms because a previous owner thought he had the brilliant idea of replacing the originals with cheap hollow doors. Lucky me…

  4. johnny51 permalink
    March 26, 2012 11:56 PM

    Hanging doors is a pain in the neck! Looks nice though!!


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