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A Homeowner's Guide To Safely Removing A Door

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Whether to install new carpet or flooring, or to apply new trim, from time to time it becomes necessary to take one of your doors off of its hinges. While this operation may seem simple enough in principle, it can often lead to chipped paint, bent hinges, and pinched fingers. If you have a door that needs to be taken off for some home improvement project, read on. This article will teach you how to safely remove it.

Step 1: Remove the hinge pins.

To successfully remove the hinge pins, you'll need to have the door closed. For tools, you are going to need a nail, a hammer, and possible a flat blade screwdriver. Begin by pressing the tip of your nail against the bottom of the hinge pin, and gently tapping it upward with your hammer.

Be gentle, and don't try to knock the pin all the way out in this manner. That often results in causing damage to the trim. Instead, once the hinge pin has popped part way out, try removing it with your fingers. If this doesn't work, press your screwdriver against the underside of the pin's head and drive it upward with your hammer.

Step 2: Lifting the door away.

Find a piece of cardboard and slide it underneath the door. This will help to protect the floor from unintended scratches. Now open the door partway. Use one hand to grip the knob and the other hand to brace the door near the hinges. Use a gentle lifting motion to try and remove the door.

If you're lucky, the door will easily lift off of its hinges. Sometimes, however, the door won't be quite so cooperative. That may simply be because the door is too heavy--or it may be because the hinges were painted over at some point, and the paint is increasing the amount of friction where the hinges slip together.

Either way, here is a simple trick to getting stubborn doors off. All you have to do is slip a pry bar beneath the door. Now use one of your feet to press down on the pry bar, thus giving you an extra "boost" in lifting the door up while you slide it out of place. This same trick can make getting the door back into place a whole lot easier as well. In that case, try to line up the bottom hinge, then use the pry bar to raise the door enough to get the top hinge to slot together.

For more information, contact companies like Crawford Door Sales Of Nevada Ltd.

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2 June 2016