Oct 04

How to Hang a Door

Adjusting and Hanging XL Joinery Internal Doors

If you would like to see the full range of Internal X L Joinery Doors at Blueprint Joinery then click HERE or to view the range of Carlisle Brass Door Hardware click HERE

“By how much can I adjust my X L Joinery Internal Door” is probably the most frequent question we get asked at Blueprint Joinery.

Its is recommended that the overall width of the door is adjusted no more than 12 mm, equal amounts of 6mm on each side. This is also recommended for the height of your door. ALWAYS reduce your Internal door by equal amounts from each side and top and bottom. f you have to adjust by more than this then we suggest you choose the next size down. If this is too small then you will need to remove your Door Frame / Lining and “PAD” it out to suite the door you have selected. or buy a new frame to compliment the Door size and Timber Type purchased. You can select a new door frame in Oak, Softwood or Walnut from our range by clicking Blueprint Joinery Frames

If you reduce X L Joinery Internal Doors by more than the recomended 6mm on each side you will comprimise the Solid Timber Door lipping and expose the “core” of the door. This will look unsightly and weaken the door.

If you need advice on how to fit your Internal X L Joinery Door from Blueprint Joinery then this imformative video will help. Alternatively why not pick the phone up and speak to one of  the Team at Blueprint who will try to answer any questions you might have. Telephone 01691 671020 or email info@blueprintjoinery.co.uk.

How To Hang Your Door Video

Step 1: You will need
  • Hinges
  • Screws
  • 1 tape measure
  • 1 pencil
  • 1 panel saw
  • 1 plane
  • 1 narrow chisel
  • 1 medium-sized chisel
  • 1 hammer
  • 1 battery drill kit with drill bits
  • sand paper
  • Wedges
  • Safety goggles
  • Supports to rest the door on
  • Doorstop Strips

Step 2: Measure the door opening

Before you buy your new door, use your tape measure to measure the height and width of the door opening. Purchase a door that is either the right size or slightly larger than the door opening.

Step 3: Apply measurements to the door

Remember that you will need to leave a little space between the door, the frame and the floor. The recommended clearance for the top and sides is 2mm (1/16 inch). For the bottom the recommended clearance is 6mm (1/4 inch) but if you have particularly thick carpet you may need to leave a little more. However, be extremely careful not to overestimate the clearance needed.

Step 4: Trim the door

Trim the door by sawing or planing up to your pencil marks.

Handy Hint

When using the plane, avoid chipping out the corners by working inwards from each edge towards the centre.

Step 5: Sand the edges

Once you have finished trimming the door, sand until smooth.

Step 6: Try the door in the frame

Place shallow wedges underneath the door and see how it fits in the frame. You may need someone to help you hold it up. If it does not fit properly, you will need to take it down and trim accordingly.

Step 7: Mark the hinges

Doors tend to open into a house or room. So the hinges will be positioned on the right side of the frame as you walk in.

Place the door on its side with the hinge side upwards. Measure and mark 15 cm or 6 inches from the top and bottom of the door.

This mark represents the bottom of the hinge at the bottom of the door, and the top of the hinge at the top.

Now open a hinge and place it on the door in line with the mark you have just made. Draw around it with a pencil. Repeat this for the other hinge.

Step 8: Cut hinge recesses

Before you pick up your chisel, remember your chisel safety. Make sure that you are wearing safety goggles and clear the area of potential hazards. Find a steady standing position and remember to watch your fingers when you do start chiselling.

Make a series of cuts along your pencil outline. Now chisel out a shallow recess for the hinge. Keep testing the fit – if you chisel out too much, it will be very hard to fix. Stop when the hinge lies flush with the door. Repeat this process for the other hinge.

Step 9: Mark and drill pilot holes

Position each hinge flap in its recess and, using your pencil, mark the screw positions.

Now select a drill bit that is slightly narrower than your screws and attach it to your drill.

Before you begin, remember drill safety. Put on your goggles. Make sure all loose items of clothing, hair and jewellery are tucked away. Clear the area of any potential hazards and find a steady standing position.

Drill some pilot holes. These will guide the screws. When drilling take care to keep the bit horizontal and square to the door edge.

Step 10: Screw on the hinges

Remember drill safety. Use either a screwdriver or your drill to screw in the hinges.

Step 11: Mark the hinge positions on frame

Get somebody to hold the door in position with the hinge flaps open on the frame. Insert two screwdrivers or shallow wooden wedges underneath the door so that the hinges are at the correct height against the frame.

Make sure that the hinge knuckles are parallel with the frame. Then use a pencil to draw around the hinges.

Now carefully remove the door and place it safely to one side.

Step 12: Chisel hinge recesses

Remember your chisel safety.

Carefully chisel out shallow recesses in the frame in the same way you did previously on the door.

Strip away the surplus wood and trim the recess until it is level. Be careful not to chisel out too much.

Step 13: Test the fit

Get somebody to help you hold the door against the frame and place wedges or screwdrivers underneath the door to support it. Check that the hinges fit into the recesses you have just made. If not, trim as necessary

Step 14: Fix hinges to the frame

Use your pencil to mark the position of the screw holes on the frame. Remember your drill safety. Remove the door and drill more pilot holes. Then drill in the screws to secure the hinges to the door.

Only put one screw in each hinge to begin with so you can test the door closes easily in the frame. If you are happy, then screw in the remaining screws.

Step 15: The door stop

A doorstop is a narrow strip of wood built into the frame to stop the door and prevent it from swinging through.

Depending on the thickness of your new door you may have to replace your existing doorstop.

In a new frame, such as this, you will have to fix a doorstop once you have hung the door.

Step 16: Mark and measure the frame

With the door shut mark around the frmae at the point where the door stops needs to be fixed. Then measure across the top of the frame and transfer this measurement to the wood for the doorstop.

Step 17: Cut to size

Remember your saw safety. Put on your goggles. Make sure all loose items of clothing, hair and jewellery are tucked away. Clear the area of any potential hazards. Find a steady standing position and remember to watch your fingers when you do start sawing.

Place the wood across a portable bench or a sturdy surface, and cut the wood according to your measurements.

Step 18: Screw the doorstop to the frame

Remember your drill safety. Place the top of the doorstop in position and drill it in place.

Use at least three screws to secure the doorstop to the frame. When you have successfully fitted the top piece, repeat this process for the two remaining sides of the doorstop.

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