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DIY: How to Replace a Door Frame

Do it yourself projects do not have to be challenging and with the proper knowledge and tools even the most labor intensive job can be done efficiently and effectively.

replacing a door frame

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pry bar
  • Putty Knife
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Shims

Do it yourself projects do not have to be challenging and with the proper knowledge and tools even the most labor intensive job can be done efficiently and effectively.  Replacing a door frame is one such project that will enhance the beauty of your home and doing the work yourself will help save money and improve your most valuable asset, your home.


Prior to door frame replacement

  1. Remove the existing door and hardware.
  2. Use a pry bar or stiff putty knife to remove the door trim around the frame.
  3. Use a pry bar to remove the frame.
  4. Remove any left over nails from the rough door frame to begin working with a smooth surface.

Door frame replacement

  1. Set the new door and frame into the rough opening.
  2. Plumb and level the new frame in the opening.
  3. Secure the frame to the opening with nails and shims; use shims to keep the frame square and solid.
  4. Reinstall the original door trim and secure with nails.
  5. Tip

    Take care not to damage the existing door trim when removing it, as it will be reinstalled.

    Warning

    When prying the door frame out, place a piece of scrap wood between the door and the wall, so as not to damage the wall.

Things You Will Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Pry bar
  • Putty Knife
  • Nails
  • Hammer
  • Shims

Tip

  • Take care not to damage the existing door trim when removing it, as it will be reinstalled.

Warning

  • When prying the door frame out, place a piece of scrap wood between the door and the wall, so as not to damage the wall.

About the Author

Rebecca Gallegos began professionally writing press releases and ad campaigns for celebrities and other clients in Los Angeles, Calif., in 2000. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in theatre from Chapman University, and is a graduate from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Gallegos currently resides in Keller, Texas.

Photo Credits

  • door frame image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com
  • door frame image by Greg Pickens from Fotolia.com