How To Put Hinges On A Door Slab: Step By Step Instructions To Add Hinges On A Door Slab

Step By Step Instructions To Add Hinges On A Door Blank Or Slab

A door hinge is usually placed or fixed in order to make sure that one half of the hinge is on the door frame and the other half is on the side of the door. Unless & until the door is pre-hung on an attached doorframe, this is an extremely important step when it comes to hanging a door. A door hinge needs to be mortised or recessed into the door, due to the reason that the top surface of the hinge is flush with the door. Mortising gives a tighter fit as well as more strength to the door and hinge, however, if the door frame is large enough, then the door will still be able to open as well as close, as hinges will operate irrespective of whether they are recessed or mortised or not. Still, the majority of the experts usually recommend mortising hinges.

Thing's You Will Need

  • Hammer & Wood Chisel
  • Metal File & Pencil
  • Cordless Drill & Tape Measure
  • Utility Knife & Old Towel
  • Door Blank Or Slab
  • Hinges & Screws

Step 1: Determine The General Placement Of The Hinges

The pin side of the hinge will be on the inside of the door if the door will swing inward, into the room. Position the top hinge 5 inches from the top of the door and the bottom hinge 10 inches from the underside of the door. If the door frame is already mortised, then you need to follow that placement pattern for the door.

Step 2: Mark The Hinge Placement On The Door

Lay down the old towel on the floor in order to cushion the door. Position the door on its side, with the handle side of the door facing towards the floor. Using the tape measure, you need to mark the on-center placement points for the hinges. Put down a hinge on the mark. The pin side needs to be on the side of the door swing. The hinge should step back from the edge of the door. To achieve this, allow the hinge drape to open in order to make sure that one side of the hinge hangs down, & the other end of the hinge resting on the side of the door. Mark around the hinge with the help of a pencil. If you are not able to follow the pencil marks, then you can place a single screw in the hinge in order to hold it in place, before using the utility knife to score along the edges of the hinge when it comes to a more distinctive line. Remove the screw as well as the hinge as soon as finished.

Step 3: Cut The Outline With The Knife

With a fresh blade in place, use the utility knife in order to trim around the pencil marks to the depth of the hinge thickness, nearly 1/16-inch. If you have used the utility knife to mark the outlines of your hinge, then use a small router set to the depth of the hinge in order to trim along the knife lines.

Step 4: Sharpen The Chisel

Unless & until you have a new chisel, it is very important to sharpen it. Position the chisel on a solid flat work surface before filing the chisel to sharpen it.

Step 5: Mortise The Hinge

With the help of a hammer as well as a chisel, trim away the inside area of the pencil marks or knife cuts. Work slowly and you need to show patience. Make sure that the depth does not surpass, and transcend the thickness of the hinge. Flatten out the mortise area by firmly & smoothly scraping by hand using the chisel.

Step 6: Check The Hinge Depth & Install the Hinges

Position the hinge in the mortise before running your finger across the top of the hinge in order to verify that it is flush with the door surface. If the hinge is too high, then work the mortise again using the chisel in order to get rid of more waste material. Use the cordless drill as well as the screws provided with the hinges in order to mount the hinges to the door.
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