These seven simple steps, if followed carefully, will help any homeowner show off their door-hanging skills.
Tools for the Job
Hanging a door will require some basic carpentry tools, and the knowledge of how to use them. Most homeowners will already have these tools so they can make minor repairs when needed. A hammer, utility knife with a sharp blade, level, and measuring tape will be a good start. A pencil, to mark the wood to the correct length, and a mitre saw or jigsaw to cut it, will speed up the process.
A couple of 50mmX100mm, 2 metres long and a package of wood shims will be a great help, as will a variety of finishing nails.
A key element is to make sure that all the components are level and plumb (straight up and down). The floor must be checked for level as well. If it’s not level, and the jamb (which is the actual wood door frame) is not cut to compensate, the latch won’t line up, and the door won’t stay closed, if it closes at all.
Make sure the pre-hung door jambs are the proper length. If not, they will have to be cut to the proper lengths using the mitre saw or jig saw. Leave approximately 1 centimetre at the bottom. Even though the frame is deemed to be standard, it may not be the right length in an older home.
1. Door Frame Stops
At this point, the homeowner will need to cut 2 short pieces of 50mmX100mm from one of the lengths, to nail temporary frame stops diagonally across the two top corners of the wall opening, on the side opposite to where the door will open. Shims will be needed under the frame stops to keep them away from the wall, just enough to centre the jamb in the opening. Then, he will need to do the same with a third piece of 50mmX100mm across the width of the jamb, about a third of the way up from the floor, to keep the jamb plumb.
2. Set the Door Jamb Into the Opening
Now the homeowner needs to lift the door jamb, with the door, into the opening, butting the edge of the frame against the stops that were just installed. By opening the door, and shimming under the bottom of the door, he can keep the assembly tight against the frame stops.
3. Shim and Nail the Top Corner
With the frame flush against the stops and plumb, the homeowner should place as many shims as needed on each side of the door, in the top third of the frame. Then, using a hammer, and a couple of medium-sized finishing nails, he can nail the jamb into the frame of the wall opening.
4. Shim and Nail the Bottom of the Jamb
By repeating the previous step near the bottom of the jamb, about 10 centimetres up from the floor, and ensuring that the jamb itself is kept plumb, the homeowner can now secure the bottom end with finishing nails.
5. Secure the Strike Side Jamb
With a hammer and a medium finishing nail, the homeowner can tack a short scrap of wood to the strike side jamb, just above where the actual strike plate will be installed, and, using a drill and suitable wood screws, attach it to the framing stud of the existing wall. This secures the strike side jamb.
6. Shim the Jamb
To make sure that the jamb is not bowed, the homeowner can add shims where necessary to ensure an even gap on all sides of the door, and check with a straight length of 50mmX100mm. Now the jamb can be nailed with finishing nails, and the shims can be scored with the utility knife and broken off. Finally, all the stops can be removed.
7. Trim the Door
The homeowner can now cut the pieces of trim to the correct length, and attach them with finishing nails around the door frame. The job is done!
Shopping for Door Hanging Products on eBay
Any building supply centre can provide the necessary tools and materials for hanging a door, but shopping on eBay will offer a huge selection of both new and used tools, as well as many of the additional materials.
From the home page, the shopper should type “door hanging tools” in the search bar at the top of the page. This will take the buyer to pages of tools needed to do the job, and options to search for related items. Once the selection is made, the shopper can place a bid in an ongoing auction, where the final price may be lower than any asking price. The other choice is to pay the “buy now” asking price. Always check shipping and return policies, just like at any other retailer.