How to Remove and Replace an Entry Door
By: Danny Lipford
Removing an Existing Entry Door Unit
To remove an existing exterior door and frame from a wall:
- Use a hammer and chisel or nail set to tap out the hinge pins on the existing door.
- Remove the old door from the hinges.
- Unscrew and remove the lockset and deadbolt on the door, if you plan to reuse them on the new door.
- Use a utility knife to cut through the paint film between the interior door casing and drywall and exterior door casing and siding or brick.
- Place a flat pry bar or chisel between the interior door casing and door jamb, and use a hammer to loosen the casing from the door frame.
- Pry off the interior door casing, being careful not to damage the drywall.
- Insert a flat pry bar or chisel between the exterior door casing and door jamb, and use a hammer to loosen the casing from the door frame.
- Pry off the exterior door casing, being careful not to damage the siding or brick.
- Unscrew and remove the hinges, door latch, and deadbolt strike plate from the old door frame.
- Use a pry bar to remove the door jambs and threshold.
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