January 17 - 23, 2016: Issue 247
How to Install a Solid Core Door
If you have a noise problem from an active household and want to restore some peace, or even want to upgrade hollow doors to solid core doors for safety reasons or would like to install a solid core door because they are what is used as Fire Doors, or replace rusting door furniture (handle - doorknob) and hinges with stainless steel that will do better in a salt air environment, then this week’s DIY page is for you.
This is a relatively easy job if you have the right tools. You will need an extra pair of hands for some parts of the work, particularly lifting and holding the door in place to check if it is level and fits the door frame – solid core doors are a lot heavier, costs a little more, but they are built to last.
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Drill and bits
Protector glasses/mask/ear muffs
Solid core door
2 x Stainless steel hinges
Door furniture of your choice (doorknob/handle)
Sealer or primer
Paint to coat (2 coats)
Measure two times – cut once
Measure the height of your door cavity (height and width). Most solid core doors come a little longer than standard door frames and will need to be trimmed. Ensure that you also check the door frame is square by measuring the frame diagonally. Measure and mark your trim lines, measure at least twice and cut once. Allow a 5mm gap at the bottom for floor covering, a 3mm gap for the top and sides.
Score the pencil marks on the new door with a sharp utility knife and use a circular saw.
Trim the door to width in the same manner if required.
If removing less than 5mm, use a hand plane instead of a circular saw - plane with the grain.
Position the door and Hinges
Position the new door into the doorframe and mark the hinge recesses. If it is a new door going into a new frame, mark the top hinge 175mm down from the top of the door and the bottom hinge 280mm from the from the top. If a third hinge is needed, place it equally between the top and bottom hinge.
Level the door once more and hang it
Use a spirit level to check if your door is level once more and adjust the position of your wedges as required. Put the top screw into the bottom hinge. Remove the wedges and check the door shuts properly. If it’s not right, undo the bottom hinge, alter your wedges, rescrew and check again. Once the door shuts properly, screw the hinges in.
Installing Door Furniture
Decide where you want the doorknob – what height – if you are reinstalling the old doorknob on a new door the latch holder will indicate where this will be.
Tap a nail into the door edge to mark the center of the latch hole and mark the line straight to center of where hole for handle will be.
Drill the hole for the latch, using a 22mm spade bit.
If the saw can cut no deeper, turn the door and drill the same size hole from the opposite side.
Test if the fittings will lock into each other prior to attaching the screws - drill the faceplate for the latch and the handle screws firmly into place.
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