How To Install mortise handle

How To Install mortise handle

How to replace and hang an internal door. You will need a tape measure. …a cordless drill… …a spirit level… ……a drillbit set…. …..a small cordless screwdriver… …..A spade piece drill set… ….cordless electric planer… …circular saw… ….mallet… …wood chisel set… ….hand sand paper… …set square… …triming knife… …new door… …door handle and/or lock fixtures… …door hinges… …screws… Hi I’m Craig Phillips and welcome to my trade tips. Today I am going to show you how you can hang a new door into an existing frame.


The first thing that you are going to need to do is purchase the new door. Now size is important, what you need to do is try and buy one that is a similar size to the existing on thats here. Of course you have to measure it form the width and the top to the bottom for the height. Remember that you can always cut a little bit off but you can never add any on. Now I have removed the door, I am going to take this to the workshop and offer it up against the new door so I can line the hinges and handles up ready to notch out. I am now in the workshop ready to cut the door down to size and notch the hinges out. I have measured it against the existing door and frame and do know that I need to take 10mm off the bottom of the door. So I am going to draw a guide line on there with my spirit level and pencil. And then I am going to cut it down using a circular saw, I have set the guide at 10mm Hopefully that should cut it exactly where I need it. [saw cutting] Perfect cut All I need to do now is sand down the edges to take off any splinters. Now I am ready to plane a little bit off the side. Now I have repositioned the door,


I have firmly secured it in position between two benches ready to plane down. [electric planer sounds] Now I have planed 1mm off that I know it will fit nice and snug against the existing door frame. Now I am going to use the hand sander to take any splinters off the edges. Now it is ready to mark up for the hinges. I have now clamped the existing door to the back of the new door so that I can line the hinges up. I have got myself a set square to make sure that the two top ends are square. The I can mark up all three hinges with a pencil, now I can get ready to mark up and notch them out. Now the three locations for the hinges are all notched out, I am ready to screw them into position. First off all I am going to drill a pilot hole so that the wood doesn’t split and then screw them down firmly. Perfect. That ‘s the hinges fitted nice and flush with the edge of the door, and I’m ready to do two more… We have now repositioned the door, we are measuring up to get an accurate marking of where the existing handle was. Make sure it is square accross the side of the door, again using the set square.


I can find myself the centre of the door edge, and I am then ready to drill a hole through there to fit the latch. Now it needs to go back about 65mm so I am going to make a mark and the end of my spade piece at 65 mm, so that I don’t drill down too far into the door. Now I have drilled that out to the required depth, what I need to do is create the right shape to match the square shape of the latch. So I will mark that up and I will chisel it out using a chisel. Now that we have created the hole for the latch to actually fit into, the next hole we need to do is in both sides of the door to let the bar go through there to enable the handle to operate the latch. The way we do that is measure up from there, mark it on the door and drill through both sides. Now hopefully when we put that latch into position and we slide the bar through… Perfect, what we need to do now is place the handles into position and drill some more pilot holes before screwing them firmly down on both sides. That is the handles and the hinges now fitted and it is ready to take it back in the house and hang the door. Now the first thing you are going to need to do is line the new door up with the existing frame and where the previous hinges were notched out. Now this can be a little bit tricky if your on your own and have got nobody to hold the door. |What you will need to do is get two bars to wedge it up into position and line the hinges up.

Once you have lined the hinges up, you will be able to get your first screw in it. Once you have got your first one in, you can do the same with the bottom one. And then one in the top hinge. Now having three screws in there should take the weight of the door, you can now remove the bars and check that the door closes and the latch clips into place…… perfect! Once you are happy with that you can carry on putting the rest of the screws into all the hinges. …and that is how easy it is to hang your own door. Hopefully my trade tips will instill the confidence in you to be able to do it yourself.If you have got any DIY questions that you would like me to answer fire them over to the website, or if you want to purchase any of the tools that I have been using in the video, please visit

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