Replacing an Entry Door Without Replacing the Door Jamb

The front door is commonly the first product up for assessment by prospective home buyers. If the front door looks great, possibilities are your client will have a positive first impression of your house. If you have an older door, or a door that is harmed, it’s a good idea to change it to a brand-new one prior to offering your house up to the market. You can change any outside door in your house without eliminating the jamb. You simply require the exact same size of door without the hinge cutouts. This job doesn’t even require complex tools; you can cut the hinge mortise with a chisel and a hammer. Here is a step by step process for changing your door without eliminating the jamb:


  1. Start by taking away the old door from the jamb. Use a cord-free tool to unscrew the hinges from the jamb. Allow the hinges to remain upon the door. Put the door with the outside side down, on top of two sawhorses. Then get rid of the door knob.
  2. Put the brand-new door on top of the old door with the outside side down. Make certain the doors are flush with each various other around the boundary of the door. Use a pencil to trace the places of all 3 hinges from the side of the old door to the brand-new door. Unscrew and eliminate the old hinges from the door. You utilize them once again on the brand-new door.
  3. Next, you need take away both of the doors from the sawhorses. Stand the brand-new door on its side with the hinge side pointing upwards. Use a hand clamp to secure it among the saw horses.
  4. Use the pencil lines you drew to align the hinges on the door. Finish by tracing around the remainder of the hinge plates.
  5. Cut around the tracings with a knife to a depth of 1/8 inch. Hold a chisel with the bevel side up, horizontally at the side of the door. Push and shake the chisel backward and forward throughout the grain inside the hinge tracings to get rid of the wood from inside the tracings to a depth of 18 inches. Tap on the back of the chisel if you have to, to obtain the cut.
  6. Place the hinge plate into the hinge cut-outs. If they do not fit flat, or will not suit the tracings, continue cutting and shaving the cutouts till the hinge plates fit snug and flush into the hinge cutouts, called mortises.
  7. Screw the hinges to the door making use of the old screws and the cord-free powered screw driver. Hold the brand-new door in location on the jamb. Tap the hinge plates back into the jambs. Use the screw driver to screw the hinges onto the jambs. For the final step, put the doorknob back on.