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How to Replace Door Hinges

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    • 1). Remove the hinge pins by using a screwdriver to tap up on the bottom edge of the head of each pin. Sometimes your hand will be enough; other times you may need to be a little more persuasive and use a hammer to tap the screwdriver.

    • 2). Remove the pins once they pop loose, then lift the door free by separating the two halves of the hinge assembly. Be careful--sometimes the door will practically separate on its own.

    • 3). Remember that some doors, especially exterior ones, can be quite heavy. Lift with care.

    • 4). Remove the 2 halves of 1 set of hinges from the door edge and the door jamb by taking out the mounting screws.

    • 5). Take these to your local hardware store or home improvement center, and purchase replacements that meet both the size requirements of your sample and the style requirements of your taste and budget.

    • 6). Make sure you buy enough to replace each set of hinges on the door. Some have 2 sets; others have 3. Weight is often the determining factor.

    • 7). Split the new hinges. This is often most easily accomplished by holding the hinge in one hand and pulling the pin with a pair of pliers in the other. A gentle twisting and tugging motion is usually enough.

    • 8). Use the provided mounting screws to put each hinge half in its proper place. Repeat this process with each set of hinges.

    • 9). Set the door back in place on the hinges and slide the pins into place. A tap with a hammer is sometimes needed to completely seat them in place.

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