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Old 11-05-2010, 04:42 PM   #1
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Any tricks for lining up the new door with hinge cutouts on the frame? Basically the new door is drilled for the knob but not the hinges. Thanks

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Old 11-05-2010, 05:44 PM   #2
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Any tricks for lining up the new door with hinge cutouts on the frame? Basically the new door is drilled for the knob but not the hinges. Thanks
I assume the door frame is already mortised for the hinges. Measure down from the top of the doorframe to the hinge mortise on the frame. Subtract an eigth of an inch and mortise the door. That should give you the proper gap at the top. Make sure the door length is OK accounting for carpeting, etc. Trimming hollow core doors is another bad dream if you need to do that. Last one I did, there was less than half inch/edge for sizing.

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Old 11-05-2010, 05:46 PM   #3
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do you have the old door slab?

know right now you might have a problem (problems just = more work) with the location of the hole for the door knob matching new to what you have at the keeper area of the jamb.

slow down and be sure of top and bottom of slabs.

1. remove hardware from old slab / place old slab on top of new slab. ( check to see if 2 1/8 knob holes line up).
if holes line up and door edges are all the same... easy ...take speed square and transfer location of hinge locations to new slab.
Mortise /install old or new hinges./ hang new slab..you may need to pack hinges for minor adjustments.

You may have needed to trim some sides & or bottom of new slab ( all depends on the opening.) and the old keeper area does not match up.
adjust as needed.. filler and paint as needed..

2. No old slab? check opening for plumb / square measure the heck out of everything. hang the new slab... tune up as needed.

3. is a combination of 1&2

4. + / are the other ideas that get posted ( you can always post problems you can't head scratch away)... or hire a handyman / carpenter, lots of them looking for work these days
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The new slab is rarely if ever cut at all and never lines up with the lock or hinges. You buy a door with nothing cut out. You use the old door to set up the hinge mortises. After you cut those and actually hang the door on them, that's when you cut the hole for the lock.
This assumes the frame is square and you don't need to machine a rhombic shape to fit the opening.
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Ron 6519, Well said, with an economy of words.

My wife says I tend to be verbose among other things.

Purchasing a new slab without any cuts or holes is the way it should be done.
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The new slab is rarely if ever cut at all and never lines up with the lock or hinges. You buy a door with nothing cut out. You use the old door to set up the hinge mortises. After you cut those and actually hang the door on them, that's when you cut the hole for the lock.
This assumes the frame is square and you don't need to machine a rhombic shape to fit the opening.
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Hi Ron - that also assumes the old door is available to transfer the mortises from. Many old houses have had the doors removed and, worse yet the opening is 75-76" high. Door widths generally come in 2" increments but, unless special ordered, are 80" tall.
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Ron 6519, Well said, with an economy of words.

My wife says I tend to be verbose among other things.

Purchasing a new slab without any cuts or holes is the way it should be done.
Or alternatively buy a prehung door and replace the door and frame ... Appreciate this is not always an easy option but sometimes it can be less work over all and you don't have the lining up issue.
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Hi Ron - that also assumes the old door is available to transfer the mortises from. Many old houses have had the doors removed and, worse yet the opening is 75-76" high. Door widths generally come in 2" increments but, unless special ordered, are 80" tall.
There are a number of possibilites with this post. When the poster provides enough information, we can provide specific suggestions.
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Take the old door off. Put it on Craigslist.

Fit the new door slab into the opening using shims and wedges to get a perfect reveal on both sides, top & bottom.
This may mean setting it into the opening, marking where it needs to be trimmed, removing it, cutting it and re-shimming.
This may seem like extra work but this will insure that you don't set the hinges, hang the new, square door in an old, out-of-square opening and then realize it should have gone up or down to make a good fit.

Once you have the perfect fit, just mark the slab because you'll see the old mortises in the jamb.

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