How to Install Self-Closing Door Hinges

hinge on a white door
  • 2-3 hours
  • Beginner
  • 30-100
What You'll Need
Self closing door hinges
Electric screwdriver
Electric drill
Drill bit

You can make a practical hardware upgrade to your door using self closing door hinges. If you do not want your doors closing and smashing against the frame then self closing door hinges will prove very useful. One particular doorway that can quickly be enhanced by this type of hinge is the entry door to an attached garage. Do not look at self closing door hinges as a way to slow down a door (which it does) but as a security measure to automatically close the door. You can install a set of self closing door hinges in under 30 minutes and this article will show you how.

Step 1 - Remove the Old Hinges

door hinge

The current hinges on the door have to be removed in order for the new self closing door hinges to be installed. Open the door that you wish to install the new hinges to. Use the screwdriver to remove the screws from the top hinge that is connected to the frame and do the same with the bottom hinge. There can be as many as three screws and sometimes more for you to remove. There may be two or three hinges. Make sure to hold the door up so it does not fall down on you. Once the door is off of the frame; place it on the ground or another flat surface. Remove the screws from the hinges that are affixed to the door.

Step 2 - Place the Hinges

Outside doors may be dirty, but cleaning it has no relevance to the new hinges. If you decide to clean the door do so with general cleaner and a rag. Place the self closing door hinges on the door and line them up with the current holes. If they line up with the holes present then simply install the screws that came with the hinges. If the nail holes are completely different then use the pencil to make a mark at the holes on the new hinges where you would like them placed.

Step 3 - Drill Door Hinge Holes

When making pilot holes make sure that you use a drill bit with a diameter smaller than the screws to be used to attach the hinges. Grip the door tightly or put it in a vice and begin drilling out the holes. Use firm and steady pressure but go slowly as you only need to go into the door about 1/2-inch deep.

Step 4 - Install Hinges

attaching a door hinge

Line the hinges up with the holes you just drilled. Insert the first screw and tighten it. Continue adding the screws until finished then repeat with the second self-closing hinge.

Step 5 - Place the Door

Put the door back on the frame and line up the hinges. Drill the pilot holes as you did on the door. Attach the hinges to the door with the screws but place one screw in the top and one in the bottom. This will steady the door as you install the remaining screws and tighten them.