4 Tips on How to Fit Hinges to a Door

how to fit hinges to a door

how to fit hinges to a door using a drill driver in 4 easy steps.

This is part of our "How To..." series, and you can read our "How to Fit D Handles and a Push Plate to a Door" here.

We've already used a router to cut the checks into our door for the hinges, you can see this process on Toolstop TV here. The process described can be applied to any router.

For the purposes of the guide we'll assume you'll be using a cordless drill driver. To help you choose the best one for the job, here's a selection of some of the best available on the market in 2016.

Makita DF331DWAE Drill Driver 10.8V CXT Cordless Li-ion (2 x 2.0Ah Batteries)
Bosch GSR18V-LI Drill Driver 18V li-ion Cordless DynamicSeries (2 x 4Ah Batteries)
Triton T12DD Drill Driver Cordless 12V with Charger and Bag (2 x 1.5Ah Batteries)
Dewalt DCD991P2 18V Cordless XR 3 Speed Brushless Drill Driver (2 x 5Ah Batteries)
Max in steel: 10mm
Max. in wood: 21mm
Max. torque (soft/hard): 14/30Nm
Max in steel: 13mm
Max. in wood: 35mm
Max. torque: 67Nm
Max in steel: 6mm
Max. in wood: 20mm
Max. torque (soft/hard): 15/22Nm
Max in steel: 15mm
Max. in wood: 55mm
Max. torque: 95Nm

2 speed gear box
Variable speed trigger
Electronic brake
Job light
Electronic Cell Protection
Extremely compact (185mm head length)
826 screws per battery charge
10mm quick-change chuck with auto spindle lock
Job light
Electronic motor brake for total control
Features 3 speeds
Improved brushless motor with 34% power increase
XR Lithium Ion Series
Job light

Step 1: Select the correct gear and drill setting for pre-drilling the hinges

using a drill driver to pre-drill hinges

gear 2 and set to "rotary only".

Then place the hinges into the pre-cut notches and use the drill to pre-drill each hole on the hinge for the screws.

Step 2: Select the correct bit for driving the screws into the hinge

select the correct drill bit for driving screwsThere's no question that not using the correct type of bit is the best way to completely wreck the screw and potentially the entire hinge!

Here's some pointers from Wayne the Plumber:

  • don't push your drill driver, hammer drill, combi driver too hard. Stop and check the speed setting and the torque setting
  • use the correct drill bit for the job. Perhaps you should be using a spade bit, an auger bit, a hole saw or switching to a masonry bit!
  • check with the manufacturer. If your drill is struggling, and you're sure you're using the correct drill bit, check whether your drill was designed to do the job you're doing!

And be sure to refer to this handy guide from on choosing the correct screwdriver. Yes, we know you're using a drill driver for this job, but the same principles apply.

Step 3: Select the correct gear and torque setting for driving the screws

tips for fitting door hinges

gear 1 and choose a torque that will drive the screw without chewing the head, in this instance we've gone for 12.

Step 4: Place the hinges into the notches, and drive each screw into place

Congratutions, you've fixed hinges to a door!

Watch Martin from Makita walk you through the process in this video guide on Toolstop TV.

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