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Can I hang new internal doors myself?

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Schoolmovedilemna Fri 03-Jul-15 13:04:38

I cannot find anyone to do this.

I want to install 2 new wood framed glass panel internal doors.

I plan to measure the existing doors, buy new ones getting wickes/home base to take a little off if necessary (do they do this?!), unscrew the existing doors and use the hinges already there to attach the new doors. They will be quite cheap doors so assuming fairly light. Could get a friend to help hold them in place.

I'm reasonably strong. No DIY experience.

Wondering about a new front door too. Same approach?


DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 03-Jul-15 13:05:26

You can have a go nothing to stop you but there's an art to hanging a door well.

sherbetpips Fri 03-Jul-15 13:09:45

I would not attempt it, and a glass door will not be light at all. When you say you can't find anyone to do it, try you local hardware store (b&q or that type) if they have a list of joiners. Also have you tried posting your job on find a tradesman?

Schoolmovedilemna Fri 03-Jul-15 13:16:28

So I've heard Dame! That's the reason my husband is reluctant to tackle it. I just can't find anyone.

Tried a number of local joiners. Tried Ratedpeople. Not one single response. Put on a budget of £500 for all 3 doors. Was that reasonable?

We need to get the house up for sale fairly quickly.

I haven't had a list from DIY store. I'll try that this weekend.

LuckyLopez Fri 03-Jul-15 13:19:36

You'll need to chisel the door to attach the hinge, and fix the handle and latch too. I wouldn't be able to.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 03-Jul-15 13:23:01

I paid £450 to a fantastic chippy who built a wooden door frame and hung double doors and fitted handles and locks,that included all materials. I would say £500 is too much tbh.

JassyRadlett Fri 03-Jul-15 13:26:17

I'd ask around to see if anyone can recommend a local handyman. Try independent shops and cafes as well - they may know someone in your area who does their odd jobs.

Schoolmovedilemna Fri 03-Jul-15 13:30:05


I've been reading "how to" type guides. I clearly can't do it. Silly idea. Should have researched before posting.

I'll keep trying to find someone.

DameDiazepamTheDramaQueen Fri 03-Jul-15 13:31:01

Register with Streetlife and post on there for a local chippy or handy man.

Schoolmovedilemna Fri 03-Jul-15 13:38:40

We have a handyman - no capacity for a couple of months. A local builder parent from DS's school tried all his contacts. No capacity in near future.

But will keep trying. Registered and found some handymen details straightaway on someone's else's question on Streetlife. Thanks for the tip.

PigletJohn Fri 03-Jul-15 14:34:42

A skilled joiner or carpenter will trim and fit a door and frame much better and more quickly than a handyman.

drive around looking for builders or trades vans. When you see one, if you think they are doing a respectable job, ask for a card and get into conversation about what you are thinking of doing "in a few months." Don't make an appointment or get a quote yet. On the back of the card, write the address of the house they are working at. When they are finished, go back and ask the householder's opinion and if you can look at the finished job.

Once you have found a decent builder (or carpenter, or plumber, or electrician) and you have satisfied yourself that they work to a good standard, and have a local landline phone number and address (not just a mobile number) ask them if they know a good local electrician/plumber/carpenter etc. People in building trades tend to associate with people they respect, and good ones will recommend each other.

So do crooks and bodgers, so you must choose carefully to get into the right circles.

They will also tell each other who are the customers who are slow payers, change their minds, try to chisel the price, or are a nuisance

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