A while ago we told you about the projects we are planning for this year. You can read more about our plans here. One of the things on our impossibly long To-Do list is sorting our 4th bedroom. This is what it looked like when we moved in.
Except for the boiler in the corner of the room it doesn’t look too bad, but in reality the wallpaper is dirty and falling off the walls, the carpet is stained and badly fitted and worst of all the back wall is completely damp due to a leaky chimney.
Bizarrely it almost looked better then than it does now.
We’ve already stripped most of the walls, removed the carpet and filled the room with a huge amount of junk. You can also see that the door originally opened up into the room and not towards the wall. All of the doors in our house open in the same way, which is kind of weird, but apparently typical for Edwardian houses.
As the room isn’t huge, we’ve decided to turn the door so that it opens up towards the wall. We think that it will make the space in the room more usable (The thin dashed line shows the door as it currently is).
When we moved in all of our original Edwardian doors had been boarded up and painted so many times, that all of the original door and door frame details had been lost under all the paint.
We already restored our living room door and hope to get round to restoring this door at some point in the future,too. For now we just want to get it hung so that we can at least close the door on all of our junk.
We’re reusing the original hinges which, after a long soak in some paint stripper, have actually turned out okay again.
The only problem is that they aren’t adjustable which makes it even more important to attach the door in the correct position.
Start by holding the door upright and square against the door opening and use wedges to hold it in place so that you have a bottom clearance of about 10 mm.
You should also leave a small gap of about 2 mm at the top of the door.
We already have the hinge positions given, as we are reusing the existing door. If you are fitting a new door the top hinge position should be about 175 mm from the top of the door and the lower hinge should be about 250 mm from the bottom of the door.
For us there was no chiselling because we are reusing the existing door and door frame. After attaching the hinges to the door open them up and, with the knuckle clear of the door and frame, mark around them.
Then all you have to do is screw everything together. That’s all there is to it.
The only problem is, that our old door has completely warped – so bad in fact that it won’t close properly and there are huge gaps at the top and bottom. We’re not sure how we’re going to solve the problem yet, but for now it will just have to do.
Have you ever hung a door? Do you have any advice for us on solving the problem with the warped door?
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