I do not have experience hanging doors and I would like to understand how to evaluate an installed door replacement. Any list of good checks / verification is appreciated. My gut tells me this is a fine art and that there may be a few not so obvious checks that come only with experience. If you have hung 10+ doors please state this in your reply.

  • What really matters to humans is that it doesn't look crooked, it opens and closes quietly and smoothly, is secure and solid when closed, and doesn't self-swing open or closed, even part-way. – dandavis Sep 2 '17 at 9:30
  1. Plumb, level, square.
  2. On plane (not necessarily with respect to the wall, which may be twisted or otherwise distorted).
  3. Uniform, appropriate gaps.
  4. Solid attachment, especially at the hinges and strike plate.
  5. Smooth, quiet operation with no gravity-induced movement.
  6. Proper weather sealing, where appropriate.

Experience claim: Hundreds (thousands?) of interior and exterior doors installed or refurbished over 30 years.

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  • I agree not only gravity movement but a hinge that is out of line can cause a sprung door but your other items really cover this. – Ed Beal Aug 29 '17 at 16:46
  • Can we take advantage of gravity to ensure that the door is kept closed (or opened)? – vasin1987 Aug 29 '17 at 18:23
  • Not by tilting the door frame. That's just asking for hassle. Use spring hinges or a closer. – isherwood Aug 29 '17 at 18:55
  • 7. If door(s) are interior, decide on gap at bottom of door, for smooth operation, possibility of adding carpet or other flooring. – user74873 Aug 30 '17 at 12:16

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