A New Door Fits an Old Jamb
Are your doors looking tired? Replace them quickly and easily with a technique that works every time.
Synopsis: Gary M. Katz, author of Installing and Hanging Doors, shares his foolproof process which will make hanging your door fun and easy whether its your first time or your thousandth. Katz guides you through each step with detailed instructions as well as clear pictures and diagrams to go along them. Learn how to scribe the door to the opening, bevel and mortise the hinge edges, and trim the door to fit. Finally, read the authors final tweaks for achieving a perfect fit.
I used to hate hanging doors. It’s way too easy to make a mistake, like hinging the door backward or upside down, or planing the bevel in the wrong direction. And I always had a tough time making a 1 ⁄8-in.- to-zero cut across the top of a door, especially if the door cost more than all my tools combined, and especially if someone was watching me work.
But years of hanging doors and learning from professional door hangers have tempered my views. In fact, the techniques that I outline here can make door hanging foolproof and fun, even if you’re hanging your first door. Using just a few simple tools and following the steps in order, you’ll no longer need to be afraid of doors, or of people watching you work on them.
6 steps for fitting a new door to an old opening:
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