How much to expect to pay to hang 7 doors?

Discussion in 'Carpenters' Talk' started by Nick D, Jan 18, 2019.

  1. Nick D

    Nick D New Member

    I am replacing my doors with the MDF B&Q ones - I have 7 in total already bought with all hinges, etc. Four of them I want to also put thumbturn locks on. I haven't got any experience in carpentry work but do you reckon it is something I could learn myself and end up with a high quality outcome at the end or should I pay a specialist to do it? I have already gone over budget with the renovations hence why I am looking to cut down costs!
     
  2. Scott Green

    Scott Green Member

    If you have the correct tools, then it isn't rocket science. The shape of your frames dictates how easy it will be, if they are in twist etc, then it can be a pain.
     
  3. goldenboy

    goldenboy Super Member

    £75 a door
     
  4. WillyEckerslike

    WillyEckerslike Screwfix Select

    If you still have the old doors (and they're a good fit) it makes it a lot easier because you simply use one as a template for its replacement. Even if they're not a perfect fit you can still use them as a gauge (+2mm on this corner etc). Only you know if you have the skills but the correct tools makes it much easier.
     
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  5. candoabitofmoststuff

    candoabitofmoststuff Screwfix Select

    Then only thing you can be sure about is that if you do fit them yourself the last one you do will be a better job than the first one!

    Only you can judge if the saving on a pro is worth the possible extra cost of replacing any doors you might make a hash of... And you probably wont make that bad a hash of it! It depends on how good you want the finished job to be in appearance.

    As Scott mentioned, if the doors or frames have any "twist" in them it will be a challenge... as it will be if the frames are not plumb upright.

    Good luck,

    Regards,
    Cando
     
  6. dinkydo

    dinkydo Screwfix Select

    Fitted a WC into a small coat room a few years ago, it was a bit tricky fitting the door
     

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  7. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    7 doors is a days work for a good chippie.
     
  8. dinkydo

    dinkydo Screwfix Select

    We used to have a bad Chippie around these parts
     
  9. Wayners

    Wayners Screwfix Select

    New work yeah. Lock plate. Door stop adjust. Hinges different size and this is never sorted as I follow some. I think 3 doors a day and make good is about right
     
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  10. Jord86

    Jord86 Screwfix Select


    In short, no. By the time you source every tool required, and learn how to chop hinges in without slicing your fingers off or savaging the door, and a million other things, bite the bullet and get a carpenter to do them. You'll waste days of your life if you've no experience and end up with a lesser finish.




    On site, yes.

    In a domestic setting with furniture, carpets, painted walls, planing and cutting outside, cutting inches off doors and reinstating battens, removing doorstops neatly, then neatening up the crappy paint edges with a block plane so the painter has an easier life later, then nailing the stops back on, planing lumps out of hollow doors to fit ancient linings, etc etc you may hang 7 doors in that day but it certainly won't be an 8 hour day, and you most definitely will not fit the latches or locks in that same day, unless you've fitted the doors with a chainsaw and couldn't care less about any form of margins or finish.
     
  11. goldenboy

    goldenboy Super Member

    Yep. 3 doors a day is about right on refurbs.
     
  12. goldenboy

    goldenboy Super Member

    Jigtech handles and latches do speed things up though.
     
  13. DIY womble

    DIY womble Well-Known Member

    Remove and refit door stop if their twisted
     
  14. goldenboy

    goldenboy Super Member

    That only works on linings though.

    I reckon 90% of refurb jobs I do doorswise are casings.
     
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  15. Severntrent

    Severntrent Screwfix Select

    "You'll waste days of your life if you've no experience and end up with a lesser finish"

    I must have wasted hundreds of days over the last 45 years (not mentioning all the stress )doing my own DIY, but I have no doubt it saved me a lot of money (even if it took me 3 or 4 times as long as a professional) , gave me job satisfaction at the end of it, to a standard I'm happy with and, hopefully, improved my knowledge/skills along the way. Whilst over the years I have seen some terrible efforts at DIY (not mine) if you think you are capable give it ago, you won't know what you can do till you try.
     
  16. Astramax

    Astramax Super Member

    And the lord said 'throw down and broadcast the bait and they will bite'.:p:p:p:D:D:D:D:D:rolleyes:
     
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  17. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    TBH It isn't the best start to spend a lot of money on a carpenter - "MDF B&Q ones - with all hinges" .

    Some of the low end doors aren't the best to ft and it pays to spend more on the hardware hinges, handles etc. If you had done it the other way round and got a carpenter in first he/she could have suggested the best place to get the items or given you an inclusive price of products and fitting.
     
  18. Wayners

    Wayners Screwfix Select

    Best cheap white panel doors are from wickes. Imo.. Howdens and benchmark are not great. Bent. Damaged and not so good quality as wickes doors
     
  19. sospan

    sospan Screwfix Select

    If there are children (anything less than 21 years old) around, wouldn't ever bother with cheap doors. They will either get dinked or slammed by hormonal teenagers or crashed into by drunk 17 to 20 year olds. ;)
     
  20. Jord86

    Jord86 Screwfix Select


    I'm not saying "don't attempt DIY, it'll waste your life", and not to have a go, otherwise I wouldn't waste my time on this forum trying to give advice, would I? The guys mentioned he has no carpentry skills, is trying to save money, if he has no carpentry experience then it can be assumed he has no tools, and wants a "high quality outcome" with the absolute rubbish that are BandQ's finest, and the title of the thread is asking how much to hang 7 doors......... By the time he spends £500odd for cheap tools to risk buggering up what he's bought, he'd be better off spending that money on someone who does it for a living to do it to the finish he hopes to achieve.
     

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