How to Remove a Door

That big overstuffed chair would look great in this room, but you just can’t get it through the doorway – all you need is another two inches of clearance. Here’s how easy it is to remove both internal and external-hinged doors.

Tools You’ll Need

You’ll need a flat-blade screwdriver, a Phillips screwdriver, and a hammer. This procedure takes you about a minute.

Remove the Door Hinge Pins

First, find the hinges on the door frame. All doors will have two sets. Many will have three. 

At the top of the hinge you’ll notice a little cap. 

Put the blade of the flat screwdriver at the bottom of the cap. Angle the screwdriver so that it points towards the center of the little cap. The goal is to lift that cap up out of the hinge.

Tap the back of the screwdriver with the hammer. Don’t whack it – just a gentle tap. What you’re trying to do is drive the screwdriver blade under the little cap to lift it. Keep tapping – maybe a little harder if the cap is stuck, or maybe painted down.

If there’s no cap on the bottom of the hinge, you can also put the point of the Phillips screwdriver in the center of the hinge and tap it straight up to loosen the cap.

Oh – a quick word, this will mess up the paint on the hinge. No biggy – everyone expects the paint to get messed up because this is how you remove a door.

After enough tapping, you’ll see that the cap, and metal shaft to which it is attached, start to rise out of the hinge. This is the hinge-pin, and you’ll eventually remove it.

But don’t remove it yet. Move instead down to the next hinge, and loosen the hinge-pin in exactly the same way. When that one’s loose, go to the third hinge, if there is one, and loosen that one, too. 

Now shut the door – make sure you’re on the side that has the hinges.

Pull the hinge-pins out of the hinges. Turn the door handle and gently open it. Give it a little pull, and, voila, the door is off!

Replace the Door

To put the door back on, simply fit it back into the door frame. Line up the hinge parts on the door with the hinge parts on the frame, and put the hinge-pins back in. Tap them down gently with the hammer, and you’re done!

Congratulations! You did it!

Please Note: Do not use this procedure if you are not certain that you can complete it safely, or if it does not seem accurate. Skippity Whistles provides this information as advice, and cannot accept any liability from your usage of it.


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