Step 1: Remove the old door

removing the old door when installing a new one
Photo: Brian Wilder
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Stand on the hinge side of the door and remove the pins from the hinges. Always start at the bottom hinge and work up so the door doesn't topple over onto you.

If a pin won't come out by hand, gently tap it out with a hammer and screwdriver.

Have a helper support the door as you begin to remove the top pin.

Tip: To avoid losing the pins, drop them back into the hinge leaves on the doorjamb.

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    Tools List

    • hand plane
      Hand plane
    • ratcheting screwdriver
      Screwdriver
    • straightedge guide
      Straightedge guide for circular saw
    • combination square
      Combination square
    • circular saw
      Circular saw
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Drill/driver with extra-long Phillips tip
    • keyhole saw
      2 1/8-inch hole saw
    • spade bit
      7/8-inch spade bit
    • self-centering bit
      Centering bit
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • hammer
      Hammer
    • chisel
      3/4- and 1-inch-wide chisels
    • utility knife
      Utility knife

    Shopping List

    1. INTERIOR DOOR

    2. PRIMER AND PAINT, OR STAIN AND VARNISH