how to measure door hinges

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Tools Needed
1 Phillips Screwdrivers
2 Flathead Screwdrivers
3 Utility Knife
4 Tape Measure
Materials Needed
1 New Hinges
2 Safety Glasses
3 Ruler
4 Handy Helper
Total Cost
$10-$25
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Estimated Time
15-45 Minutes
Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

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One of the projects you may have around your home that needs done is to replace door hinges. Sometimes the hinges on the doors can get old and squeaky. They may get worn down and you just need to replace them. What are you going to do? Well, in order to replace the hinges, you must first measure them. The certain hinges are used depending on the weight and size of your door. When you are making changes to your home, look for the rusty hinges so those can be replaced.

If you measure correctly, you can get a hinge or hinges that fit the premade crevice in your door jamb. You will need to look at 3 different things to make sure you create a proper measurement. Door hinges may not seem like that big of a deal. However, the ones out your outer doors protect your home from intruders and they keep your family safe. The interior door hinges allow your family members to have their privacy. Don’t overlook this home improvement project. Learn how to measure door hinges today.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Taking Measurements

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To begin measuring door hinges, you will want to open your door. You should then take off all the screws from the hinge that is in the middle of your door. Generally, you will need the Phillips head screwdriver to do this. If your hinge is stuck because paint is built-up, you may need to use the utility knife to pry off your hinge. A flathead screwdriver can be used to do this. After you have done this, the measuring stage will begin.

Now you can start measuring the width of your hinge. You will want to make sure the hinge is open and on a flat area. You will be measuring from one of the sides of your hinge to its other side. The tape measure will be used to figure out this measurement. You should make sure you are doing this at least a couple of times to be accurate with your measuring. The next part of the measuring is for the height of your hinge. This is also done with your tape measure. The most common hinge sizes are 3 ½, 4 ½, 5 as well as 6 inches. These are the sizes that you will most likely find in the stores. Again, you should do your best to measure the height as least a couple of times to be sure your numbers are accurate.

2

Installing the Door Hinges

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Now that you have the width and height of your hinge measured, you will be taking the radius measurements. This is the corner radius is your corners aren’t square. You will put the straight side along your hinge’s top edge. Don’t put the straight side onto the bottom part of your radius. Your measurement should either be 5/8 inches or ¼ inches.

Now that you have your hinges measured, you will need to find the proper spot to place your hinges. Many of the doors will need at least 2 hinges. You will need one around 7 inches from the door frame top and another around 11 inches from the door frame bottom. You will be measuring these distances and putting a mark onto the door’s frame. You should also measure the door and put the mark on the side of the door. This will help to make sure the door gets aligned properly. If you are installing a heavier door, you might have 3 hinges. This will be put directly into the middle of your other hinges.

Now, you should temporarily place the hinges into the proper spot on your door jamb and the door. You will use a pencil to trace outside of the hinge. You will want to make sure the hinge on your jam has a depth that is the same thickness as your hinge. You will want to check again to be sure the outline you made matches the one where the door and the door jamb hinges go. You can use the utility knife to straighten the outline so your placement fits better.

3

Finishing The Job

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After this is done, you will be cutting mortise. What does this mean? It means you will cut wood in your door jamb that is shaped like a hinge. This way your hinge will be put into the door jamb and have a better appeal. It will be stronger as well. With this step, you need a hammer and chisel. Make sure you tap lightly to get rid of wood strips that don’t fit or are loose. Don’t make this deeper than it needs to be or your hinge will be too loose. One hint to remember is that if your chisel if dull, the mortise won’t cut well.

Now, you will need to be marking the location for your screws. You will put the hinge into the door jamb where the mortise was cut. Then you will mark the screw locations with the pencil. You will do this where the screws will need to go on your door as well. Take off your hinges when you have done this step. The next step is to drill some pilot holes. You will need a screwdriver or drill to place holes where the screws will be placed. You should lightly tap these in before screwing so the screws won’t move when being drilled into place. There are screw guides you can use to keep them straight as well.

Now, you can finally put the new hinges into place. You will use your screwdriver or drill to place one fully in at a time. It is recommended to screw them in ¾ of the way until all have been screwed in. If everything seems good, you can finish screwing them in. Finally, you can hold your door where it needs to be (put blocks underneath for support if need be) and the while lining up your hinge plates, put the pins for the hinges into their place. You can then take the blocks out from underneath the door. Try out your door and if it opens and closes well, you are all set.

Conclusion

Now, that you know how to properly measure and install door hinges, you can fix any door in your home. Sometimes hinges need to be replaced. They can become rusty, worn out or loose. Some of them can get bent as well. You want to make sure your home and family is safe and replacing hinges can do this. You may want to make sure your family members all get their privacy as well and if the hinges are broken that can’t happen. Start measuring and replacing the door hinges on the doors in your home today.

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What is the best color for a front door?

There is some logic, along with some science, in color selection. A color wheel is the best place for you to start choosing your color. You can mix various colors quickly and easily to find the perfect color scheme for your entry door and the exterior of your home.

Is a steel or fiberglass door better?

Fiberglass doors and steel doors are both great doors. If struck hard enough a fiberglass door can crack, steel does not. Other than that, these doors are both really great options. Steel is the more affordable of the two but fiberglass may be slightly better in all other aspects.

What is the best color to paint your front door?

Most importantly, you want the color of your door to blend with the rest of the exterior. White and red seem to be the most commonly used colors for a front door. After red and white, it is found that is brown, blue, and green come next in popularity.

How much does it cost to replace a door and door frame?

The cost of replacing a door and frame will vary greatly. It is going to depend on the type of material the door is made of and how customized it is. You sho.d expect to spend at minimum $500 for an exterior door and at least $300 for interior replacement.

What color should your front door be if it is facing north?

If your door is facing North, feng shui colors for your door are as follows: blue, white, black, and gray. You should avoid the color of deep pink, purple, orange, yellow, green, red, and brown on a front door that facing North.

What kind of paint do you use on a front door?

First, you need to know whether the door has oil-based or latex paint. You don't want to mix and match, it needs to be the same. Next, you need an exterior paint. Finally, most people prefer a glossy paint for their exterior door. It tends to highlight the architectural features.

How much does it cost to install a new door?

On average the cost of a new entry door is between $500 and $700. The price varies greatly depending on things such as the material of the door, the brand, the type of door, the company installing the door, and more. Installing the door yourself will reduce the cost.

How much does it cost to install a door frame?

A lot of the cost of your door frame will depend on what the current frame looks like. For example, rotting wood would be most costly as things need to be repaired and replaced. For a single door frame, you will need to plan for a minimum of $150.

What is a good feng shui color for the front door?

Your entry door, in feng shui, is how your house is able to receive energy for nourishment. The energy quality determines the energy that your home has. Often, the color you choose is based on the direction in which your door faces. For example, North, South, West, East.

Can you paint a PVC door?

Yes, you most certainly can. You will want to be sure that you clean the door before painting and be sure that it is dry completely. You then will prime and paint. Be sure to use a good set of rollers when painting your door.

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