Change your existing door

We show you the proper way to remove your old door and hang your new door.

Tools needed

  • Tape Measure
  • Claw Hammer
  • Chisel
  • Phillips Head Screw Driver
  • Combination Square
  • Cordless Drill
  • Drill Bits
  • Driver Bit
  • Spade Bit
  • Hole Saw Kit
  • Spirit Level
  • Power Planer
  • Hand Planer
  • Builders Ruler
  • Trimming Knife
  • Hinges (x3)
  • Assorted Screws
  • Timber Wedges
  • Pencil
  • Ear, Eye & Dust Protection

1: Remove your existing door

Place wedges underneath for a safe removal. Doors can be heavy & may require a two person lift.

2. Measure your opening

measure your opening for door

Use these measurements to purchase your new Hume door. Try our "New Virtual Showroom" it is a great tool to help assist with your selection process.

3. Transfer all measurements to the door

Place your door on workbench & remove all packaging. Transfer all measurements to the door & clamp the door in preparation for trimming. "A maximum 3mm may be trimmed from any edge" Plane down your door first with the power planer then with a hand planer. To avoid break out or splintering start in from the edge & work towards the centre.

4. Place door in door jamb

Wedge your door in the opening in the correct position and allow 3mm margins between door and jamb, allow between 5 - 20mm bottom margins depending on floor coverings.

5. Mark the hinge position

With your door in position, mark the hinge position. For a new door and jamb installation, mark the top hinge 185mm down from the top of the hinge. Mark the bottom hinge 200mm up from the bottom. The third hinge is to be equally placed between the two.

Place the door securely on its side. Using a hinge as a template, place on the edge of the door with the pin hard against the back face of the door and trace around the hinge. Then scribe around the hinge.

6. Chisel out for the hinges

Ensure you have good sharp chisels for this next step. Start with a series of cuts along the scribed outline. Now cut a series of relief cuts along the hinge area, this will help to prevent breakout when chiseling, chisel out a shallow recess for the hinge. Check the hinge thickness and ensure you only chisel out to that depth. The hinge must sit flush with the door stile. Repeat these steps for all the hinges.

For the correct chiselling technique refer to "Hume How To Change an existing door" at top of this page.

7. Fit door hinges

With the hinge sitting in the recess correctly, (ensure the hinge pin is hard up against the back face of the door and that the hinge is flush with stile) drill the holes for the screws and screw into place.

8. Seal your door

Seal your door top and bottom with two coats of undercoat and 2 coats of paint. Refer to manufacturer's warranty.

9. Place door in jamb

Place your door at a right angle to the frame and wedge underneath until the hinges fit into the recess in the jamb. (For new jambs use the hinge as a template and use the same technique as on the door) Screw into place and check the operation of the door is smooth.

10. Fitting the door handle

Mark out for the handle. Most handles will come with a template and instructions. Drill a pilot hole and then with a hole saw drill a hole for the lock. Drill a pilot hole for the latch, then with a spade bit drill the hole for the latch.

Insert the latch and use it as a template. Trace around the latch then scribe around the latch. Chisel out for the latch. Refer "Hume How To" change an existing door for the correct chiselling technique.

Place latch in the recessed area with the tongue facing the correct way and screw into place. Install the handle.

11. Install tongue into the jamb

Close the door and mark the tongue position on the jamb. Using the striker plate as template, follow the same procedure as installing the latch.

Final check

Check your door operates correctly and repeat any of the steps if required.