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Old 07-29-2008, 10:41 PM   #1
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Changing Interior Doors

I'm new to the forums but anyway to make this short, we've been living in this house for about 15-17 years. This house is probably 25 years old.

The interior doors that lead into the bath and bedrooms have not been changed ever since.

I think its about time that these get changed out. So I was looking on Home Depot to look at the selection of interior doors to get. I think what I'm looking for is the Prehung doors since I also wanted to change the door trimings as well.

What I wanted to know is, will this be a hard job to do if its something I'm doing as a first time? Thanks!


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Old 07-29-2008, 11:40 PM   #2
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I wouldn't say it's a hard job, but you need to know what you're doing.

Do some research and learn the steps (there are videos on YouTube) and you should be fine. Just take your time and make sure everything lines up and all your gaps are the same and you'll be all set.


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Old 07-30-2008, 06:15 AM   #3
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I would echo what ConstantChange has said, take your time. It is not the most complicated job but it is easy to get it wrong. Spirit levels and patience are needed!
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Old 07-30-2008, 08:54 AM   #4
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I am doing this very project with doors from Lowes. To reiterate what others are saying:
-Take Your time
-Get familiar with what you have to do
-Understand how the existing doors are installed (shimmed, leveled, etc)
-Remember that things will not be perfect.

My doors were from Lowes, pre-primed MDF, pre-hung. I got two different types (5 hollow and 4 filled). Filled are nice for sound absorption, but are quite heavy. Also, I found that they doors take at least 2 coats of paint. Lastly, check your new door handles against the door hinges, you may want to change out your hinges (I did).

GOod Luck!
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