Replacing A Doorframe

At first thought, replacing a doorframe may seem like a huge project - after all, very few of use change our doorframes on a regular basis. But once you learn how its done, you'll soon realize that replacing a doorframe is a project that could easily be accomplished in just a few hours!

Tackle the Old Frame

The first step of replacing is to get rid of the old door frame. Begin by removing the door's hinges and lock pieces. Then take off the door. Gently remove the door's trim with a hammer and a pry bar - and place it aside in a safe place (you're going to need it again.)

Using a sawzaw, cut off the nails or the screws that secure the current frame to the wall. With a little effort, you should be able to pull the frame out of place now.

Dealing With Old "Frame" Matter

Some people like to remove existing nails or screws found in the space between where the frame use to be and the beams that supported it, while others simply hammer them further into this space. Either strategy will accomplish the goal of getting them out of your way so that you can continue with replacing a doorframe.

Replacing the Doorframe

Now it's time to put in your new doorframe. Hopefully you made your measurements beforehand and made appropriate adjustments. If not, now's the time to do it. If you purchased a pre-built frame, then your next step is to simply place it in the proper place. Replacing a doorframe is much easier with a pre-built frame because all you really need to do is slide into the 'hole'!

To make your doorway secure, that is - snug, you need to shim it. Shimming is the act of inserting flat pieces of wood, metal, or stone in any gaps that you find between the frame and the wall. But you just can't stuff things in there and call it a day. Shimming is a process in which you're required to constantly check your efforts and ensure that your doorway is "plumb" - a fancy term for "straight" or "level" or "perpendicular". (In other words, "right").

While replacing a doorframe, you may notice that it's a little "off" - leaning to the left or the right. Shimming will correct that.

Once you've determined that your doorway is plumb, you can move on to nailing it into the studs in the wall.

Okay, Close the Door - We're Done

Well, almost. We're not quite finished with replacing a doorframe yet. You need to first measure the door to find its hinge and lock marks and then notch the location in the same place onto the doorframe. You can use a wood chisel to mark these locations.

Now you may put your door back on and check it for normal operation. If all is well, you can put its lock back on

Look at the trim a little closer. Do you notice any dents or scratches? Chances are you do and they probably occurred when we first removed it. Take a little time to repair it and then put it back where it was.

See Also:

How to Replace an Entry Door