The Doorstore Offers Guide To Fitting Interior Doors

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Today the Doorstore is advising their customers on how to fit internal doors by offering a step by step guide. Fitting a door can be a big undertaking for someone who has never done this before, so today’s guide is designed for those who have the spare time to fit an interior door, but are maybe a little unsure of what is required.

Internal Doors

Internal Doors

For DIY enthusiastic customers The Doorstore offer a wide range of doors and accessories.

Today the Doorstore is advising their customers on how to fit internal doors by offering a step by step guide. Fitting a door can be a big undertaking for someone who has never done this before, so today’s guide is designed for those who have the spare time to fit an interior door, but are maybe a little unsure of what is required.

A common complaint from customers is that when they buy a door, even if they purchase a door for cheap, is that it can cost a lot of money hiring an outsider to have it fitted. If there are multiple doors that need to be fitted then cost can rise significantly as it is quite a time consuming job, especially when paying someone by the hour.

Once a new door is ready to be fitted the first step will be to remove the old door. This is quite an easy process as it simply needs to be unscrewed at the hinges. A good tip for doing this is to place wooden wedges underneath the door to support the weight of the door, because in the later stages the hinges could come under increased strain due to the weight of the door. The best way to do this is to work from the top of the door to the bottom. Note that sometimes hinges may be painted so keep a knife handy to scrape away any unwanted barriers before using a screwdriver to loosen the screws.

Once the door has been safely removed, it is now time to check that the new door fits the frame. Even when measured to precision, it is common for internal doors to require a little extra work to be fitted correctly, since things such as carpets may have been over looked. Ideally there should be around 5mm – 10mm of space at the bottom of the door so some sawing may be required.

Now that the internal door fits the frame, it is just a case of fitting the hinges. However, it is likely that there will be some work required for this step if the hinges of the new door are a different size or in a different location. To compensate for these discrepancies, place the door into the frame and check to see where the hinges are placed. Using a pencil, mark out the new area of the hinges and use a chisel to chip away any excess wood.

When fitting the hinges it is advised to fit them to the door first rather than the frame to help with the measuring process. Once fitted, check that they are working properly by moving the hinge to make sure it pivots correctly. It is also a good idea to hold the door against the hinges and also measure that there is enough of a gap at the bottom of the door and also mark the top and bottom of the hinges against the internal door itself with a pencil.

Once the outline area for the hinges has been marked on the door, remove the hinges from the door frame and place them over the area on the door that has just been marked and pencil the rest of the hinge outline. When this is done, use a chisel to chip the wood at 5mm intervals to prevent damage to the door. The indentation should be around the same depth as the thickness of the hinge flap. At this point, a single screw can be inserted into the hinge to check that it is working properly and to make amendments.

Using wooden wedges, once again hold the door at a right angle to the frame and fit the hinges to the interior doors frame with a single screw at first to test it and then continue with the rest.

For DIY enthusiastic customers The Doorstore offer a wide range of doors and accessories. Visit http://www.doorstore.co.uk.

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