Step 8: Hang the new door

hanging a new door
Photo: Brian Wilder
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Hold the door in the opening and interlace the hinge knuckles.

Once all the hinges are aligned, have a helper insert the hinge pins.

Test the door, making sure it swings smoothly and that the latch engages the strike plate on the doorjamb. If necessary, reposition the strike plate.

Tip: If the door rattles when closed, slightly bend out the metal tab that's located inside of the strike plate.
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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