Are You Ready to Install Those New Door Hinges?

Installing new door hinges is a simple home improvement project that anyone can do. Whether you’re replacing old, worn-out hinges or installing a new door, learning how to properly install hinges will have your doors swinging smoothly in no time.

The first step is gathering your materials. In addition to the hinges themselves, you’ll need a hammer, screwdriver, tape measure, pencil, and a drill with screwdriver bits if the hinges need to be screwed into the door and door frame. It’s also a good idea to have a helper on hand to hold the door in place while you work.

Measuring is key. Use your tape measure to mark the hinge locations on both the door and door frame. Standard door hinges are usually placed between 4-6 inches from the top and bottom of the door. Mark the hinge holes by pressing a pencil tip against each leaf of the hinge and transferring the mark.

Now comes the fun part – attaching the hinges! If you’re using screws, drill pilot holes first using a drill bit slightly smaller than the screw diameter. This prevents splitting the wood. Lay the door on a set of sawhorses or stack some blankets on the floor to protect it. Lift it just enough to slide the bottom hinge leaf onto the marks on the door edge. Have your helper hold it steady while you insert screws through the hinge leaf and into the door.

Flip the door over and repeat the process on the door frame, screwing the top portion of the hinge into the frame. Make sure to line up the hinge leaves so they’ll connect smoothly. Insert the middle hinge leaf pin and test that it swings freely without binding.

Tips for Success: Use a speed square or ruler to ensure your hinge marks are straight and level. Pre-drill all screw holes to prevent splitting. Counter-sink screws so the hinge surface is flush. Consider using 3 hinges for doors over 7 feet tall or very heavy doors.

With your new hinges installed, it’s time to break them in gently. Lubricate the hinge pins with graphite powder or Teflon spray. Then give the door a few test swings, opening and closing it fully a few times to work out any kinks. Check that it remains aligned and doesn’t rub against the frame. You’re done!

So in summary – measure and mark hinge locations, drill pilot holes, screw on hinges one leaf at a time while test fitting, and lubricate for smooth operation. With basic tools and these simple steps, installing new door hinges is an easy DIY project to improve any home. Now get out there and get swinging!

Let us know if you have any other questions!