In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva replaces an old entry door.
Hanging a front door in an existing frame
- Measure the old door to determine what size to cut the new door.
- Clamp a straightedge to the new door and score the cut line with a sharp utility knife.
- Cut the door to length with a portable circular saw.
- Set old door on top of new door and transfer the hinge-mortise locations to the new door using a combination square.
- Use a utility knife to score the outline of the new hinges onto the edge of the door.
- Cut the hinge mortises with a hammer and ¾-inch-wide wood chisel.
- Set the hinges into the mortises and then drill pilot holes for the hinge screws.
- Screw one leaf of each hinge to the door.
- Remove the old hinges from the doorjamb, and replace them with remaining leaves of the new hinges.
- Place the door into the opening and drop in the hinge pins.
- Close the door and check its fit in the opening. If necessary, use a block plane to shave a little wood off the door edge.
- Use a template and drill with hole saw to bore the lockset holes into the face and edge of the door.
- Chisel shallow mortises into the door edge for the striker and deadbolt.
- Install the lockset and deadbolt.
- Check your work by closing and locking the door.
- Paint or stain the door, as desired, making sure to coat front and back surfaces, top and bottom ends, and both edges.