I needed this when I was replacing the hinges on my door. The trouble that
I have with door hinges is that the placement of the hinge is critical to
hanging the door properly. So naturally its the most difficult aspect. Is
there someway to clamp the hinge in place even though the door is typically
much too wide for a clamp? I suspose I could use tape to hold it in place
until I had 2 screws in, but tape can mar the surface finish.
of course a pipe clamp is relatively inexpensive and you get one 20'
long if you want. I don't use a clamp in that instance though. I hold
the hinge in place and pilot a screw hole with a vix bit, then use the
screws to hold it in place.
Sure I can, but what's to stop it from falling out when I let go? If it was
a simple matter of setting it in the mortise and letting go I wouldn't have
asked the question. Some mortises are tight enough to where that is
possible, some aren't. Besides most door hinges are heavy enough to where
simple gravity will pull them out unless the mortise is super tight. It's
tough enough as it is, you're straddling a 30"+ door, trying to insert
screws into a hinge plate that needs to be aligned perfectly and having to
hold the hinge in place at the same time. It'd be nice to not have to hold
on to the hinge while doing all that.
The blocks you put under the door of course.
Personally, I find it easier to install the hinges on the door,
position it at about the right height on a block, position the hinge
flap near the frame mortice, insert screw through hinge flap into
pre-drilled holes and tighten. Pretty easy...
Alternately, take apart the hinges, install flaps on door and frame,
slide knuckles back together, insert pins. That's pretty easy too.
6 Inch piece of masking tape, hanging the hinge off the front side of the
door until you get 2 screws set? Then peel off the tape and put the rest of
the screws in? As long as you don't rub it in to place or leave it there for
hours, it won't hurt the finish.
Not rocket science, guys.
You are trying to hard. The mortise should locate
the hinge place. The hard part is locating the
mortise exactly. You hold the hinge plate in the
mortise with one hand, put a pencil in each hole,
and mark the hole. Make a dent in the center of
each hole marking with a nail set, drill a hole
(size based on the screw), hold the plate in
position and screw in each screw. So the plate
flops around you just screw each screw a little at
a time until all are tight.
BTW, The hinge plates do not have to be located
exactly. If they are not, you loosen screws on
the door and on the frame, then put in the hinge
pins and tighten the screws.
If you are hanging new doors on old frame you have
to measure each exactly and fuss a little. If you
have new frames and new doors, you should buy a
tool for cutting mortises cutting with a router
(two or three jigs fixed on a steel rod (no slop
no mess, exact fit.).
Oh I have no doubt in my mind that I'm making it too hard. It took me a
while to figure out that you can simply line the two doors up side by side
and locate the mortices that way. It never occurred to me to do that. Now
the notion of pre-drilling the holes was again something that slipped my
mind. You're correct of course, its easier to pre-locate the holes before
attempting to actually secure the hinge plate all the way. Part of the
other problem that I was having was using a power drill to insert the
screws - bad idea because you have less control over the initial direction
the screw takes on the way in.
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