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Person unscrewing screw in door hinge.

Overview

Removing a door is an easy job that you can do with a few basic tools. We’ll show you some basic techniques to help the project go smoothly. You’ll see how to unscrew the hinges and keep the door stable while you are working. We also show you what to do when a hinge has been painted into place.

Steps

1Prop the door open

Fold up your piece of cardboard. Slide it under the far end of the door to prop it open. This will stop the door from swinging on its hinges while you work. It also stops the door from tipping once all of its hinges have been unscrewed.
Person putting door stop under door.

2Unscrew the hinges from the doorframe

Hinges have two faceplates, one is screwed on to the door and the other is screwed on to the doorframe. Unscrew the hinges from the frame first, rather than the door to make it easier. If a hinge is stuck to the frame by a coat of paint, run a sharp blade around the plate to cut it free.
Person unscrewing screw in door hinge.

More D.I.Y. Advice

Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.