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Installing a New Door in Your Home

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If your house is anything like mine then you have had to install a new door more than a time or two. This process can be very tedious and time consuming if you don't take the right steps. With this Instructable I will provide you with a step by step process to make installing your new door a little easier. 
 
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Step 1: Step 1: Materials

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To begin this project you will need the right materials. These materials are as follows. 
Standard wood door cutout (80" x 32")
Drill
Pencil 
Knob latch and hinge set (screws needed come with pack) 
Doorknob drill attachment
Sandpaper or an electric sander

If you don't have these materials around the house go to your local hardware store and pick them up. All of these items are fairly easy to recognize and find the one people have the hardest time with is the doorknob drill attachment which is pictured above. 

Step 2: Step 2: Measuring your door

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Once you have the wood cutout for your door you will need to measure it with your doorframe to make sure that it fits. You can test the size out by putting it in the frame or using measuring tape. I prefer physically putting the door in the frame before anything so that you can get a good idea of how much needs to be sanded to fit snug. 

Step 3: Step 3: Sanding

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Typically when you buy doors cutout at the hardware store they make them slightly bigger than the frame. This is to ensure that no doors go out for sale too small since there is no way to fix it if it is already to small. If a door is slightly bigger there is always the option to sand it down to the right size. You will sand down the sides until your door fits snug against your frame. Pictured above is a special sander used for sizing down doors that I found at my local hardware stores. 

whait861 year ago
good instructable, but if i may add, that when hanging a door use a plum line to make sure its level, because nothing sucks more then moving a hinge 1/8 inch, to get the door level :P
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