Tips for Proper Installation
When you install an interior door, also consider door swing and handle placement. Door swing is the direction the door opens.
For a pre-hung door:
Open the door and stand with your back to the hinges. If the doorknob is on the left, you need a left-handed door. If the knob is to the right, select a right-handed door.
For new installation:
Determine if you want the door to open into or out of the room, and to the left or to the right. You don’t want anything to interfere with the door when it is fully open. Also, it shouldn’t interfere with foot traffic.
If you are installing hinges on the left-hand side, you need a left-handed door set. If the hinges are on the right-hand side, you need a right-handed door set.
Handy Tools to Get the Job Done
Some handy tools and materials that will help with your DIY job include:
• A level and plumb bob to help with positioning, and carpenter’s pencils for marking measurements
• Shims for holding a pre-hung door in place
• Finishing nails and a hammer to secure the door frame
• Door jigs and butt hinge markers to help with installation
• Caulking for after the trim is installed
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