How To Properly Fit Your Door Hinges

Hanging a door is one of the easiest and most straightforward things that can be done by anyone. Even though it is easy, you’re still going to need to have the proper tools and practice some patience. So read on as we dive into how you can install the hinges on your new doors.

Before you can get started, you’re going to need to decide on the ideal spot for your stainless steel hinges. When it comes to the number of hinges, you can select either three or two to get the job done. In the case of fire doors, three hinges must always be used. You’ll be able to install the hinges so that your door can open to the right or the left.

Next, you’re going to need to mark off the spots on the door frame that go in line with where you want to place the hinges. While you have complete control over their placement, they are usually positioned 5 inches from the top and 10 from the bottom. It’s also best to keep in mind that you’ll need to ensure that your measurements on both the frame and the door are the same. If they aren’t your door wouldn’t be aligned properly.

After completing the above, you can use a pencil and trace the outline of the hinges onto your door frame. This ensures that your positioning is spot on. You can even put a couple of markers to indicate where you’re going to place your screws. Door hinges are usually sold with screws, if you didn’t receive any, you can purchase them separately.

In progressing with the process, you’ll need to use a hammer and chisel to make a cutout on the door frame to allow your hinges to be recessed. Be sure to also remove any splinters and alter the hinges into your cutout to see how they fit.

You can now finally begin to screw your hinges in place an check that everything is nice and levelled. After you’ve done this, you’ll need to make another cutout but on the door this time. This serves to attach the door to the hinges that you’ve just installed. You can also place the hinges on the door first and then attach it to the frame if you desire.

While it is easy to install door hinges, there are several problems that can occur. In some cases, the hinges can be installed an not be aligned. This causes your door to be a bit loose when it is closed.

Additionally, doors can also be uneven when the hinges are not levelled. This can even lead to you having to trim your door to fix the issue. If you ever find that you have squeaky hinges you can also push the pins up and lubricate your hinges with oil.

As we conclude, we have just looked at how to fit door hinges. We have also looked at some common problems which can occur if your hinges are not properly installed. It’s good to also keep in mind that you should practice safe operations when handling tools.

Ross Goodwin

Ross Goodwin is a Managing Director at Aluminium Warehouse, the first online supplier of metal products in the UK, founded in 2005. Before taking on the mantle of Managing Director in 2007, he looked after all financial aspects of the company in his role of Financial Director. Ross has extensive knowledge of the metal industry and over recent years has honed his expertise in online selling, growth strategies and overseeing all marketing activities. He attended Leeds University gaining a B.A. Hons degree in Business Administration & Economics. Besides being a self-confessed workaholic, he enjoys travelling, cycling and open water swimming and is soon to compete in his first triathlon.

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