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So, you removed a sagging door and solved the issue, now how do you get the door back on? It’s a common problem, and one of our members turned to the forum when an extra heavy door made it extra difficult.

Original Post: Re-hang a door

KennyK Member

Hello, my door to the garage had stripped out hinge screw holes, so I pulled to door off (darn thing weighs a ton) and I drilled/filled with doweling. It looks great. NOW, however... how do I re-drill holes and remount the door so that it fits correctly? In hindsight, maybe I should have done one hinge at a time with the door still hung, even though it was sagging a bit? Also, I have two self-closing hinges, so there was of course no way to just pull a hinge pin and remove the door... I've got hinges attached to the door and now need to re-drill holes in the jamb and rehang. ALL ADVICE is most appreciated everyone!
KennyK

Highlights from the Thread:

chandler Forum Topic Moderator

Welcome to the forums! Yeah, hindsight is a little better. One hinge at a time would have been easier. Since you have the self-closing hinges, you can either release the closing mechanism, pull the pin on the hinge, reposition the hinge on the frame and drill your holes. Then hang the door normally replacing the pins and resetting the self-closing apparatus. OR, you can remove the hinges from the door, install them in new holes on the frame, then (since you already have holed in the door, replace the door with a little help from a friend.

Be sure to install 3-inch screws into the frame side of the hinges in the two holes toward the stop molding. It will help with the sagging.

Larry

KennyK Member

Hi Chandler,

Thanks for the input... good stuff. If I remove the hinges from the door, how would you recommend I get them placed properly so once the door is attached, it will hang properly? Is there a technique/method for this? I am worried I'll re-drill holes in the wrong spot and I'll create another problem! Thanks again,
KennyK

chandler Forum Topic Moderator

R&R through the same holes. If it fit before, it will fit again. Your hinges should stop in their original mortises so you can't move them further than needed. You can post pix of your hinges and the jamb if you want so we can make sure your mortises are as they should be.

A slight movement in the hinge won't be devastating, as long as you install it vertical. If you can separate the pins from the hinges and have half a hinge to work with, that would be great. Ideally having the entire hinge so you can fold the door half flat against your framing would tend to position your hinge squarely in the mortise. Then take the hinge apart, reattach the door half and hang it via the pins, re-tensioning your closing part.

Larry

KennyK Member

Door job is DONE and GREAT! Hangs beautifully, and should last awhile. Your advice on making sure that first hinge was vertical was key... the rest was all easy. Thanks again for the help - I didn't want to screw it up!

Gunguy45 Super Moderator

Just for the future... if you cut a wooden wedge (or even use a wood splitting wedge), you can slide that under the latch side edge of the door, pointing towards the hinges. It will support the weight and make adjusting it easier as your wife won't have to support the direct weight of the door, just keep it from falling over.

You can additionally use a series of shims under the hinge side to lift it up to the right height.

Vic

KennyK Member

Gunguy45:
Thanks for the tip - I have some shims around here somewhere and of course couldn't find them, so I grabbed a pack of computer paper and made a couple piles and put the door on that... adjusted with more/less paper for just the right height (took maybe a minute - pretty quick)... so my wife only had to balance it for a short period of time. Happy wife, happy life.

Read all the advice KennyK got at: //www.doityourself.com/forum/house-home-doors-windows/487497-re-hang-door.html#ixzz2KGWADkiV

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