How to Trim and Rehang a Door

How to Trim and Rehang a Door

In today’s video I show you how I trimmed and rehung our hollow core spare room door – including re-setting the hinges and refurbishing the door itself.

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I had to reduce the width of the door as I earlier reduced the width of the door lining after drylining the internal wall that butted up to the door frame. The door also required alterations to the top and bottom, including inserting a new filler piece to the bottom edge of the door.

A heavy duty tubular latch was also fitted, as described in my earlier video here

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– Marples Chisels (Amazon) UK or (Amazon) US
– Bosch Electric Plane UK (Amazon) or (Amazon) or
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– Stanely Combination Square UK (Amazon) or US (Amazon)
– Sliding Bevel UK (Amazon) or US (Amazon)
– Ryobi R18 CS 18V 165mm cordless Circular Saw £157 (incl. 4.0Ah battery and charger) PRICED TO CLEAR! THIS IS A BARGAIN
– Johnstone’s Joncryl Wood Primer Undercoat
– Johnstone’s Acrylic Durable Eggshell
– Double Phosphor Bronze Washered Hinge – Brass 75x 50x 2.5mm £3.48/ $4.96 per pair
– Axminster Guide rail Clamp 160 x 60mm

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  1. Elron McKenzie on July 7, 2023 at 2:13 pm

    Wow Charlie – amazing work. I love your patience, precision and persistence. Impressive. I feel inspired to tackle that door in the den that has been mocking me ever since I moved in. Thanks.

  2. Des Kodur on July 7, 2023 at 2:19 pm

    Charlie, I’m very glad you didn’t just buy a new door because this video will be tremendously helpful in my upcoming door hanging. Lots of clever tips and tricks too. Thankyou.

  3. Jeremy Horne on July 7, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    Excellent vid and thank you for sharing your knowledge and wisdom. The problem with my house is NOTHING is straight it’s like working in a circus at the hall of mirrors 😂

  4. Sam Newman on July 7, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    Excellent vid mate !! Can I trim with 24 theeth blade or do I need more teeth ?

  5. David Witts on July 7, 2023 at 2:22 pm

    Should of used a palmer router for the hinges

  6. Rachel Sutherland on July 7, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    Well done for re-use and re-cycling the door. A "new" one would not have been better in any way and would have been the same effort

  7. Michael F on July 7, 2023 at 2:25 pm

    Thank you for the good video.

  8. Mcm M7877 on July 7, 2023 at 2:27 pm

    That was very good I’m like you I don’t have a whole lot of money to spend but this is a very good way to do a job..👍

  9. chunkymonkey55555 on July 7, 2023 at 2:28 pm

    Nice job! If you had bought a new door, you would have had to mess around with it to get it to fit anyway, I think that door is much better and has character too.

  10. TheKyy1 on July 7, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    Great video! Very helpful. Thanks. Can I ask you how come the door flames are mostly not square and need to be cutting from time to time over the years? is it because the house still settling or would it be other issues?

  11. Ryan Dodds on July 7, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    Charlie, any ideas on the best way to trim and hang doors that are odd sizes? I have a cupboard door I need to fit with a new one. It’s a hollow core door and I need to take quite a bit off the top and bottom. All the videos I see online are from Americans and well… I’d rather not.

  12. Jessica Hothersall on July 7, 2023 at 2:30 pm

    I have just fitted the rebate lock and 6 hinges on my ‘new’ recycled external, soon to be double glazed, French doors, which are nearly 2 inches too long for the frame (how did the builder get the frame measurement so wrong?), so now feel more confident about actually putting the doors in the ‘ole’ :). Thanks for tips on how to use the circular saw, great timing for me, just wondering why you planed the sides instead of circular sawing as it seemed a similar amount to come off? ps love the door jack

  13. Adventure Always on July 7, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    I used to do my door hinges that with a hammer and chisel for years…. Finally bought a trim router and hinge template- only regret is not doing it sooner!
    Great video!!

  14. khalid effendi on July 7, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    such a long procedure for hanging a door several processes mentioned could easily be ignored

  15. Elsie Higgs on July 7, 2023 at 2:34 pm

    Lovely classy door handle and plate and says it’s disgusting, jeepers!

  16. Bernard Whittaker on July 7, 2023 at 2:37 pm

    You don’t need a new door, the door you have fitted looks great. Great video thank you.

  17. Ken King's Flying Machines on July 7, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Excellent video. I don’t know why you British folks prefer saying "2 millimeters" instead of "5/64ths". So confusing lol.

  18. Carl Emmons on July 7, 2023 at 2:38 pm

    Chock full of good tips for beginners and a few cool tricks even for the seasoned viewers!

    Thanks. Just subscribed.

  19. John on July 7, 2023 at 2:39 pm

    Brilliant video and enormously helpful for someone like me who is not a serious DIY …er. Keep up the great work

  20. Paul Glaser on July 7, 2023 at 2:40 pm

    Hi Charlie, thanks for another great video. BTW is this a left handed circular saw ? Seems easier to see the blade than on my one

  21. Oscuros on July 7, 2023 at 2:43 pm

    03:25 we always called it "pissed" in London, not mad. First thing I said when you showed the preview was "Yeah, it’s pissed, it’s a Victorian door" before you even mentioned it was Victorian cottage.

  22. Garviel Loken on July 7, 2023 at 2:44 pm

    Hands down – best vid out there on this procedure

  23. david john robinson on July 7, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Great video"s, liking the close up shots. These old house problems can cause sleepless nights but, after watching you sort the problems out gives us the confidence to use power tools and sort angles out and saving money is good by me. Magic.

  24. Jeff Burmann on July 7, 2023 at 2:45 pm

    Wow! I’ve learned a bit of basic carpentry over the years, but I’ve never heard to adjust the saw blade to just below the depth needed to cut the wood. I will definitely remember this tip. Thank you!

  25. derek bedaysee on July 7, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Charlie what 2 part hardener do you use?

  26. John Henry on July 7, 2023 at 2:47 pm

    Old way of doing things…..Theres much better ways to do that job now with a router !!

  27. Elly L on July 7, 2023 at 2:48 pm

    What wood filler did you use, please? I can’t see it in the description bar. Thanks!

  28. Michael Baines on July 7, 2023 at 2:50 pm

    Just about to purchase an older house and ive been binging on your great videos for the last 2 months. Been honing my DIY skills for the last 10 years so im going to try and tackle the doors when im in. Something ive never tried before

  29. Skunk'd Life on July 7, 2023 at 2:51 pm

    5:30 great tip !!!!

  30. Alicia Sy on July 7, 2023 at 2:52 pm

    Hello I would like to know if I could use the planer to just shave down the door because it’s sticking when it’s hot outside I guess the door swelling

  31. SJCS on July 7, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Great video – thank you very much. I am glad that you didn’t speed up some of the stuff – eg cutting out the hinge rebates & planing the edges – that other youtubers tend to speed over as it was good to see your techniques did that in real time speed.

  32. Shantell Amend on July 7, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    I think you can do it yourself, just watch and learn from Woodglut.

  33. kickinbackinOC on July 7, 2023 at 2:53 pm

    Thanks for the video!

  34. Nan Nanz on July 7, 2023 at 2:54 pm

    I followed your instructions to a T, cut the hinge rebate on my hall cupboard door beautifully with a new sharp chisel. But realised too late the hinge was sited on the wrong edge, so the door would open in, not out as intended

  35. Red Lindsey on July 7, 2023 at 2:56 pm

    Can anybody tell me how to trim out a bedroom door frame to make a little bit bigger door fit please

  36. Stella Aniston on July 7, 2023 at 2:57 pm

    Hi Charlie, it might just be your accent but I love watching your DIY videos😉 fixing up my nest egg home for sale and like this video the budget is well….tiny to say the least. I would love to make your 2×4 door jack, did you post the plans/diagram/dimensions for it anywhere? I have 7 doors I need to do this to, it will help me out a ton to have the jack you made since I will be doing all of this myself. Thanks Charlie! I appreciate that you took the time to do these videos, next coffee is on me, cheers!

  37. DeLorean on July 7, 2023 at 2:59 pm

    Brilliant video – thanks for making it so in-depth and concise for DIY novices like myself! I feel confident to go and attempt this myself now 🙂

  38. anthony tran on July 7, 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Thanks excellent video !!!

  39. Peter Roodt on July 7, 2023 at 3:01 pm

    Sweet. Thanks for this video. Even if you could go to buy a new door. Many tips and tricks to fixing problems.

  40. S W on July 7, 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Great video, the wooden jack pedal in particular is fantastic – I’ll be using that tip very soon. BTW did you consider hanging the door on the opposite side? – if give better access to the room tho you would have relocate the light switch to the other wall…That configuration was brought in style during the 1930s a selling feature of new builds of that time, the reason for this was to give the door a longer opening time so to allow women to present themselves with a wholesome smile for their husband ("no man wans a ‘sour puss’ for a wife") or if she was in a state of undress she could hide her modesty … how times have changed 🙂

  41. C B on July 7, 2023 at 3:04 pm

    Step one make sure the house is empty lol 😂 Nice job 👍

  42. Accountant does DIY on July 7, 2023 at 3:06 pm

    Good video again Charlie. Not sure if they were out back when you filmed this but I’ve found Winbags extremely useful for jacking up doors etc. they work via a little pump you can squash with your foot and allow very fine tuning for elevating. Godsend when fitting my pvc frame and doors to my garden gym.

  43. E B on July 7, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    Why didn’t i put a plank of wood down and clamp it down.
    My beautiful door i paid £295 for is now a complete disaster as the saw ran away from me and sliced right up the door 😫😭😭😫😫😭😭😫😫
    I now need to buy a new door if only I watched this video first.
    Thanks for the video Charlie .off I trot for a new door 🤣🤣🤣🤣

  44. Tina Connors on July 7, 2023 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you! Your video was exactly what I was looking for!!. I got new doors off marketplace for next to nothing, but they didn’t line up. Now that I watched your video I am good to go!!
    Cheers mate!

  45. Venugopal Appadoo on July 7, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    Thanks for sharing. I am currently doing a very similar job

  46. brian amin on July 7, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    I feel for the carpet….

  47. King Tee on July 7, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    I appologize for this being way off subject of the video, but am I understanding correctly that you earn something just for clicking one of your affiliate links? If so I assume there wouldn’t be any difference between left clicking to open on same page or middle clicking to open in a separate tab?

  48. FireBlaster🔥 on July 7, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    Use circular saw to make all the cutting but 1mm from the line, then pass over once with planner to smooth out cut marks, much quicker and straight every time

  49. Richard Jerome on July 7, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    I love your videos. Thank you for sharing.

  50. Grant Gillespie on July 7, 2023 at 3:12 pm

    Well done and good job ! Just check for background noise and edit out before going live with it..?