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jte1130 02-04-2008 08:13 PM

Installing Interior Doors
I'd like to replace the plain hollow doors on my bedrooms and bathrooms with something a little fancier but not too expensive. I just wanted to swap out the doors so I don't need to go pre-hung.
I was reading an article on Lowes website on how to do this. Is it a typical DIY task? What tools would I need?

troubleseeker 02-04-2008 09:01 PM

It is within the realm of DIY, if you have a little experience and a fair bit of patience. It is not rocket science, but how involved it is depends on how square or not the existing frames are, and how much the botoms of the new doors need to be trimmed. On the simple end, if the existing doors are hung with square butt hinges, you could mark them out with a butt hinge marking template and chisel the mortises. If they are hung with the typical 5/8" radius hinges (the corners look about as round as a quarter), they will need to be cut with a router and either a simple home made jig or a purchased jig (Porter Cable including bit for twenty something $ at Home Depot). Either way you will most likely need a circular saw, a plane or belt sander for fitting the blanks if frames are out of square, 2" masking tape, razor knife, a 2 1/8" hole saw for boring the holes for knobs, a 15/16 or 1" spade bit for boring the holes for the latch tubes, a mininum of a good sharp 3/4" chisel , hammer, and a drill.

AtlanticWBConst. 02-05-2008 06:10 AM

As trouble seeker stated, there are certain factors involved.
Is it a DIYer project? That depends on the level of skill, patience, detail and "understanding of fractional measurements" , you have.

Also, as Trouble stated, having the proper tools is key.

If you attempt this, here's a little tip:
Place the new door slab onto a flat work surface (saw horse/other). After removing all the hardware, place old door slab on top of the new door slab. Using a good combination square (, you can then "precisely align" and mark (duplicate) the hinge mortise locations and door knob arrangement locations from the old to the new.

rjg17 02-05-2008 09:53 AM

Door Installation Help
I found a website with a section on hanging doors. This should be helpful. Here is the webpage:

I hope this helps.

AtlanticWBConst. 02-05-2008 03:47 PM


Originally Posted by rjg17 (Post 95122)
I found a website with a section on hanging doors. This should be helpful. Here is the webpage:

I hope this helps.

Actually, the OP was asking about the door panels only, but thanks for your help anyways:


Originally Posted by jte1130 (Post 94959)
....I just wanted to swap out the doors so I don't need to go pre-hung....

jte1130 02-06-2008 11:47 AM

Yeah, thanks for the link but I didn't want to go the pre-hung route.

I was looking at the doors last night and a few have the squared off hinges and a few have radius hinges.
Can the router be used on a door that is not solid wood?
I don't have a router but this might be a good excuse to buy my first.

wolffhomerepair 02-09-2008 05:35 AM

Yes, because even a hollow core door has solid wood along all edges. Also make sure you check to see if the existing has a leading edge bevel. Typically the doors are not square at the handle side as this allows for the door to close with out the leading edge hitting.

jte1130 02-09-2008 07:54 PM

I was just on the Porter Cable website to check out the template for the radius hinges. If I was to use the template can it be done with a fixed base router or do I need a plunge base? I don't have a router yet and was thinking of buying one. I know the Porter Cable 690 can be had for about $95 on Amazon but it is fixed base.
In the pics on the Porter Cable site for the template they are using a plunge base.

wolffhomerepair 02-10-2008 06:12 AM

A fixed base will work also.

skymaster 02-10-2008 10:22 AM

Wolf? the airport still there on the river?
Jte; you could also use the bosch colt, Freud make a set of router bits with 1/4 shank and different heads, use a 1 1/4 head for the 5/8 radius hinges

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