How to Remove a Steel Frame Door

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Beginner
  • 5-30
What You'll Need
Oil can
Cold chisel

There are several reasons why you would want to remove a door from a steel frame. Perhaps you need to replace the door, or you need to move equipment in or out, and having the door attached will hinder the process. Whatever your reasons, removing a steel frame door is not a difficult process if you know what you are doing. You may need an assistant to help you move the door, as they can be quite heavy. Barring that, removing the door can be a one-person operation. The following article will show you how to remove a steel frame door with minimal effort.

Safety First

Despite the door being easily removed, there are still some safety issues you have to concern yourself with. If you have a bad back, hernia, or other impairment, then enlisting the help of another person may be needed. These doors can be very heavy, and if they're dropped or picked up incorrectly, it can cause bodily harm. Gloves are a great safety tool because they help grip the door, which possibly can be slick from moisture. Take the time and be mindful of any items or people in front or behind the door. If the door should happen to fall you do not want it to hurt anyone or anything.

The Hinges

The common misconception is that you need to remove the hinges in order to remove the door. This is not the case. It is far easier to remove the hinge pins instead. Locate the pins by locating the hinges. Many doors have two hinges you have to worry about which allow the door to swing out in only one direction. Some doors, however, have multiple hinges to allow for in and out motions. These doors can be found in workshops and restaurants. Each hinge can have one or two pins. All of the pins should be removed. Place the flat end of the chisel under the cap of the pin. Use the hammer and gently tap the chisel once or twice in order to loosen the pin. Loosen all of the pins then use the wrench to grip a pin and pull it out. Place the pin in a safe place.

Remove the Door

Once the hinge pins are removed you can take off the door. Carefully grip the door in the center by the doorknob. Slowly pull the door forward to remove it from the steel frame. Maintain control as much as possible and move it to a safe location.

Replacing the Door

Putting the door back on the hinges can be a little tricky. Carefully move the door back in place between the hinges. Line the hinges up with the door. Steady the door, and then insert one of the hinge pins. You may need to wiggle it to get it to go in. Use a hammer and gently tap the pin in place. Repeat with each of the removed pins.