How to Change Your Front DoorPosted by at July 16, 2012 in Door
If you are in need of a replacement door for your home, you can actually change your door yourself. Many homeowners choose to replace their own doors and save themselves a bit of money over hiring someone to change it for them. If you are ready to change your front door, here are a few steps that should help you to take out your old door and install your new one properly.
- You will need a list of materials for the job. These will typically include a circular saw for ensuring that the door fits the frame properly, a screwdriver for installing the hinges and new trim for the exterior and the interior around the new door.
- You will first need to measure your door opening so that you purchase the right size replacement door. It will also help if you measure the old door as well. This ensures that your new door will be the right size and eliminates any problems with the installation. You can take the measurements with you to the home improvement shop or if you are ordering your door online, have them with you when you order.
- Your old door will need to be removed. Do this by taking the door from the hinges. You should be able to pull or push the pins out of the hinges which will allow the door to slip right off. Push the door from its position or use a pry bar if necessary to remove it.
- Next, remove the old hinges by simply taking out the screws that hold them in. Once the hinges are removed you will have to remove the old door jamb. This is where you may need the circular saw. If necessary, cut part of the way up the door jamb to make it easier to remove.
- With someone helping you, check to ensure that your new front door will fit properly into the space allotted. You should be able to simply sit the door in the space where it belongs and be sure to check it to ensure that it is completely level. Level it up as needed so that it will swing properly once you have it fully installed.
- Once you know that the door fits as it should, nail the frame temporarily into place. You can place small wood shims in place to keep the frame from any movement or shifting while you are installing the new door.
- Finally, install your new door and secure it using the appropriate nails for the frame and any shims that you have left in place. Now is the time to ensure that the frame is fitting properly and that your door sits correctly in the frame.
- You can finish off your job by trimming the frame neatly and placing insulation between the wall and the new door jamb. Be sure to check again to ensure that your new door is fitting properly. It should swing freely once everything is in place. Apply your exterior and interior trim and you can sit back and enjoy your new door. Be sure that you replace any hardware as well. You can use your existing hardware or purchase new hardware that goes along with your new door if you prefer.
This article was written by Rockdoor, manufacturers of secure front doors that are designed to fit many preferences as well as many budgets.