I have a door. It fell down.

How can I rehang it by myself? More specifically, how can I hold it up, a few inches off the ground, while screwing in the hinges?

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    Shouldn't be asked at Home Improvements SE? There are few similar.
    – kenorb
    Commented Feb 20, 2015 at 18:43
  • @kenorb It could be asked there, but 1) Lifehacks doesn't have an exclusive topic, and 2) I'm looking for "a better mousetrap", so to speak. A substitute tool, really.
    – Mooseman
    Commented Feb 20, 2015 at 18:46
  • Did just the door fall down, or was it the whole door frame? Commented Feb 20, 2015 at 23:09
  • @adam Just the door itself.
    – Mooseman
    Commented Feb 21, 2015 at 4:00
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    Flagged to close as not needing a life hack. Hanging a door is a DIY how-to. Holding things a few inches off the ground requires a thing that is a few inches thick, not a hack. Commented May 31, 2015 at 17:11

3 Answers 3


There are plenty of advice available on Internet (for instance, examples here and here).

In addition to the tips mentioned there, I would just add a few:

  • If there is another person available to help, that would be excellent.
  • Use anchors in the screw holes, if the screw holes are not damaged.
  • If possible, use slightly longer screws. For example, use 1.25 inches, if 1 inch screws were used previously.
    You need to use caution not to use a screw which will pass through the door frame, or damage it or the wall.
  • Place small wooden pieces underneath the door so it would can be leveled easily with the hinges. Holding the door may not result in best results.

Good Luck.

  • "If there is another person available to help, that would be excellent." <= That's my biggest problem!
    – Mooseman
    Commented Feb 20, 2015 at 18:03

Take three pieces of 1x4 about a foot long and ripped one piece a little larger than the width/depth of the door (about 1 1/2in). Then nailed them together to form a U shape with the ripped piece at the bottom of the U.

This setup gives some support to keep the door vertical while attaching to the frame.

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    Preferably a solution with less materials. This isn't very hacky.
    – Mooseman
    Commented Feb 20, 2015 at 18:44

If you already know where the hinges need to be attached then you could remove the hinge pins, separate the hinge, attach the loose half of the hinge to the door frame, then get the door hinges lined up with the door frame hinges and put the pins back in.

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