How to Remove Old Door Frames

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Replacing a drafty front door is one of the quickest ways to update the exterior of your home and gain the energy efficiency of new materials and technology. Replacement doors today come pre-hung in a weather-stripped frame that can be installed by an average handyman. The first step, of course, is to get the old door removed and the opening ready for the new installation.

Things you Need

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Utility knife Pry bar Hammer Nail puller Screwdriver Reciprocating power saw

Cut the Caulking Seal

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Cut the caulking seal around the trim pieces with a utility knife. Be careful not to cut into the wood if you plan on re-using the trim.

Remove the Inside Trim

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Hammer in a small pry bar at one end of a trim piece. Twist the pry bar sideways and work down the piece, repeating this procedure. Gently remove each piece of trim with this method. Pull the nails through the back side of the piece with a nail puller to prevent chipping the front side of the trim pieces.

Locate Security Sensors

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Tap up the hinge pins and remove the door from the hinges. Locate any security sensors. Cut through the sheetrock to expose the wires.

Remove Security Sensors

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Unwire the security sensor and set aside. Pull the wires back through the door frame and store for re-use when the new door is installed.

Score Around Exterior Brick Mold

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Score around the brick mold on the outside of the house. Take extra care in this step to prevent chips in the edges of vinyl and stucco in particular.

Remove the Brick Mold

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Remove the brick mold using the same method as the interior trim.

Remove the Door Latch

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Remove the door latch and deadbolt lock if you plan on re-using them.

Cut Around the Frame

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Cut around the door frame with a reciprocating saw. Keep the mess in check by having a helper follow the saw with a shop vacuum.

Knock the Frame Loose

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Knock the frame loose with a block and hammer around the frame.

Remove the Door Frame

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Tip the door frame back inside the house and remove out the opening.

Inspect the Exposed Frame

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Inspect the exposed frame and check for areas that need repaired before installation of a new door.

Clean Up

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Clean up old insulation and debris from the frame. Make any repairs in the exposed wood that are necessary in preparation for the installation of a new door.

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Overview

Replacing a drafty front door is one of the quickest ways to update the exterior of your home and gain the energy efficiency of new materials and technology. Replacement doors today come pre-hung in a weather-stripped frame that can be installed by an average handyman. The first step, of course, is to get the old door removed and the opening ready for the new installation.