how to remove door from hinges

removing door from hinges
Tools Needed
1 Hammer
2 Flat blade screwdriver
3 Pry bar
Materials Needed
1 Wedge
2 Nail punch
Total Cost
$5-$10
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Estimated Time
2-3 Hours
Skill Level: Beginner
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Project Overview

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It can be tricky to remove your door from its hinge, especially in cases where the door has been securely latched in one place for a relatively long time. Although the difficulty level will usually depend on the general condition and age of your door's pin and hinge, carefully nudging it out using a wedge and a hammer would do the trick in most cases.

There are plenty of reasons to take your door off its hinges such as laying a new carpet, painting or stripping a door or for sanding down its edges. The task it may seem apparently simple, but it really isn't, unless you know exactly what you are doing. If not, it can become a finger-pinching hassle, especially if you are dealing with a heavy and solid wooden door.

So, if you follow the steps outlined below; you will be able to remove your door easily and swiftly without pinching your fingers or marring the trim, door, or floor.

Step-By-Step Instructions

1

Remove the Hinge Pins

hand removing hinge pin

Before you start removing the door’s hinge pins, it is a smart move to ensure you have all the items and tools you require for successfully getting this job done.  A wedge and a hammer are most important; you will also need a nail set or nail punch for knocking the pins out.  A flat blade screwdriver will be required to further pry the pins once they are partway out. Do not use a regular nail for knocking out the hinge pins as it will usually bend and make the job more tedious.

2

Slide a Supporting Material Underneath the Door

a wedge at the bottom under a door opening

Lodge a heavy book under your door for support. This is important because you will be destabilizing the door, so it is vital to have some type of support to prevent the door from toppling over when you are busy unpinning it. It can be risky, especially if the door is heavy. 

Sliding a book or two under the crack in the door will provide your door a stable surface to rest on as you remove the pins. Alternatively, if you can arrange another pair of hands, he will be able to firmly hold the door in place. If separating the hinges becomes difficult due to the weight of the door, try wedging a pry bar under it to get some load off the hinges.

3

Force the Pin Upwards

person using a hammer to hit the door hinge pin

Take your nail punch and a hammer and using gentle strokes ram the pin in an upward direction. Carefully placing the flat end of your nail against the pin, then gently tap it upwards using the hammer. Continue tapping it up and steadily increase the force until it is eventually lodged upwards. For optimal results do not try and ram the nails using one or two heavy blows – take it slow.

If you try to be too brash and quick it will not end well as the pin will get damaged or scratched. Spraying it with a lubricant such as WD-40 will be helpful if you are encountering persistent difficulty in getting the pin to nudge upwards.

4

Nudge the Pin Loose

hinge pins

When you have got the pin unstuck a couple of centimeters from the top, you may use your old screwdriver for prying it up a little further. Tap the hinge gently with your hammer to loosen it. In case this does not work, ram the pin upwards with a couple of more taps using the hammer.

To get optimum stability, first remove the bottom hinge, then the top hinge. In case your door is secured with three hinges, take out the middle hinge first. Some people use a chisel for this purpose, but using a flathead screwdriver is best. It may get damaged in the process, but do not worry as it is not very expensive.

5

Remove the Door

person carefully removing the door from the hinges

Once you have removed all the pieces, it is time to take down the door. Be extremely careful when taking it down, as doors are usually very heavy. Without any support from the hinges your door will need plenty of control.

We highly recommend you have at least two people to safely carry it down. In case you need to do it by yourself, be very careful to prevent it from toppling over.

6

Replace the Door

person leveling a new door

For putting the new door on the hinges, grab your door from the center then gently tip it to the top and engage all the knuckles off its top hinge. While the weight of your door hangs on the top hinge, carefully work all the other hinges together. Slide the hinge pin into those hinges that line up first, and then drive in all the remaining hinge pins.

If some hinges seem a bit low or out of place, and the others do not fit together properly, slide a solid pry bar underneath the center of your door and engage the lowest hinge leaves. Then carefully level your door upwards until the remaining hinge leaves fit into place. Firmly hold the door and close it most of the way then remove the pry bar as it may push the door up or sideways.

Conclusion

Your door has been replaced, now you can give it the finishing touch you desire. It is always good to casually spray it with a thick lubricant such as white grease. WD-40 will usually dry out much quicker. This will help ensure the door’s hinges are both slick and quiet.

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Are interior doors stylish?
Interior doors can be very stylish. There are different styles for interior doors such as classic, rustic, basic, elegant and more. You can choose the style you would like for each room in your home.
What is the average price of an interior door?
With the cost of installation, interior doors could be around $500. If you are only purchasing the door, depending on which one you choose to get, the price could be an average of $100 to $350.
Should you install new interior doors?
If you are wondering whether you should install new interior doors, the answer could be based on different factors. If your current interior doors is broken, falling off the hinges or not providing the style you want, yes, you should get a new interior door.
Are interior doors inexpensive?
Interior doors don’t have to be expensive. While you can get interior doors that are higher priced, there are many of these doors which are inexpensive as well.
How do you measure interior doors?
To measure interior doors, you start with the opening’s width on top, bottom and middle. Write down the smallest number. Take casing off if you didn’t already do that. Measure from floor on right and left to the base of the door’s header. Write down the smallest height.
How do you determine the swing of a door?
There are a few ways that you can determine the door inswing. One is to enter the door with your back facing the hinges. This will have you standing in the doorway sideways. If the hinges are on your left side, the door is left-hand. The right side means right-handed.
How do you hang an interior door?
To install an interior door you need to use the provided hardware and a screwdriver or drill to attach the hinges to the door jamb. The catch is that you need to make sure that the door is hung level in order to make sure that it can function properly.
How do you measure a door opening?
To get this measurement, you first take off the casing from the top and sides of your door. Then, measure from inside face of one stud to the other. Write down your measurement. Then, measure from bottom of header to subfloor. Write down that measurement.
How do you measure the rough opening for a door?
The rough opening for a door is measured by removing the casing, measuring from one side stud to the other side stud and then measuring from the subfloor to the bottom of the door’s header. Be sure to mark down the measurements on a notepad.
How do I frame an interior door?
To frame an interior door, you first need to get the measurements of your door. Then, you will get wood to cut to the size for surrounding the door. Nail or screw those into place around the door.
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