This article isn’t about how to install existing doors that you will be replacing, it’s about installing a new door in a wall that doesn’t have one, yet. I’ve put together a quick list of three things that most do-it-your selfers or self educating building professionals, might need to know about installing new interior doors.

1. The number one, biggest problem for anyone who is installing new interior doors, will be to avoid any electrical, plumbing or heating pipes that could be running through the wall where you would like to put your new door.

Now how would you know, whether or not there was going to be anything in your way. There is a good chance that you won’t, you will have to do some exploratory research and that will require, removing at least one side of the drywall or wall plaster.

2. Plan the location of the door perfectly, make sure that the door is not going to open and hit something or have another wall obstructing its use. Simply measure the door and if the door is 3 foot wide, measure from the swinging side of the door jam, in a circular pattern, to make sure everything is out of the way.

3. This one won’t be as common in older homes as it will be in newer homes. Make sure that the wall you are cutting into is not a structural or load bearing wall. If the wall has plywood or wafer board nailed onto one or both sides, you could be losing some of the strength in this wall, if you cut your new door in. You should contact a building professional before proceeding.

These are some of the most important things to take into consideration when you’re about to install a new door in an existing wall. There are plenty of other things, to take into consideration and you could probably find some of them in any home repair books. Good luck and I hope that the installation of your new doorway goes smoothly.

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