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When I first got into the carpentry trade, I learned to hang doors from scratch. There were a lot of tricks and special tools to build the jamb, install the hinges, and make sure everything was plumb and level. The homeowner really did need a professional carpenter to do the job and to keep him from pulling his hair out. Those days are gone. Today you can buy prehung doors in many styles.

Are you thinking about installing a new entry door for added curb appeal? Are you in the remodel mode and adding an interior door? You can do it yourself in just a few hours!

Prehung doors come with the door already installed in the jamb so the tedious hinge mortise work is over. There are just a few things you'll need other than the door:

  • Hammer, nail set, and finish nails
  • 4' level
  • Bundle of shims
  • Utility knife
  • Hardware (door knob, dead bolt, etc.)

Ready to get started? Here's a great article that digs into the details of DIY door installation. This is a project that is easy for one person but it's handy to have an extra set of hands. In no time you'll be nailing up the trim and painting!

  • Handles UK

    Kelly, the guide was very useful, Maybe we could link to it from and you may find some of our guides handy, e.g. guide to locks and latches although some of the ironmongery may be relevant to UK audiences only. Drop me aline if interested. Great blog and tips. Cheers, Joanne :) it's freezing in the UK today.. brrrrrr..

  • EZHangDoor

    Very true... hanging doors used to be quite the task. There is a product that takes hanging a installing doors a step further. The site is and it is very informational with rough opening sizes and tips to get the job done right the first time.

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