How to Hang an Interior Door

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To hang an interior door, place one side of the frame inside, shim the other to the outside, create even spaces around the door, and set the hinges so that the door is equal. Pop the pins in place once the door is even with help from a remodeling contractor in this free video on home improvements and repairs.

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Hi I'm Tim Gipson and I am going to talk to you about how to hang an interior door. Now if you have just a rough opening when you get your door it will come complete with a frame and these frames are split frames so that you have a frame on this side with trim and a frame on this side with trim and it is split here in the center. What you would do is you would put one on the inside and you are going to shim it out because there would be this basic inside here and you would have a gap in this overall rough opening between the side frame and the actual wall. You need to shim that out so that when your door is closed you would actually have your door in here. What we have got to shoot for whenever we install a door is we want these spaces around the door to be as even as possible along the top and along the sides and so depending on that opening we may have to shim out the bottoms or move one of the frames up or down in order to get this opening square. Now if it is just the slab door that you are working with what we want to do is that these pins will come out and you can just take a screw driver and just get on the head of that and just pop it out. When you do that you can take each one of these out and once you pull these pins this door will just pop right off. So what it allows you to do is you can reset these plates on the door and on the frame without having to worry about the weight of the door and having to hold it up. Now what we want to do to these hinges we want them to set so that they are equal but also what we want is we want a space about a half an inch below and then keep a smaller space up here at the top. So once we have those hinges mounted then the door will slide back in and pop these pins back in place and then we can check just to make sure the door closes o'kay and again when we install that we have a gap at the bottom of the door and that typically can be about a half an inch and we want a nice uniform gap all the way around the interior of the door. I'm Tim Gipson and that's how to install an interior door.

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