How to Haul a Prehung Door

Do you need to replace a prehung door in your home? Are you trying to save some money by doing the project yourself but have no idea where to start? Not sure how exactly to haul out the old prehung door and install a new one? Don’t worry – we’re here to help! In this blog post, we’ll break down every step of hauling out an old pre-hung door and installing a brand-new one. With our guide, it won’t take long before you have successfully completed the job and are admiring the look of the refreshed entryway that awaits. Let’s grab our tools and get started on learning how to haul a prehung door!

How to Haul a Prehung Door

Is Installing a Prehung Door Hard?

Installing a pre-hung door is not difficult if you have the necessary tools and equipment. The most important tool for this job is the power drill. You will also need an electric saw and a level for accurate measurements. A hammer, screwdriver, shims, tape measure, and nails are also essential items to get the job done properly.

Before you begin, make sure you have a helper to help hold the door in place. This will make the job much easier and more accurate. Additionally, measure twice before drilling any holes or making any adjustments.

When hauling your pre-hung door, it is important to be careful with it. If possible, use a dolly to move the door and make sure that it is not too close to any walls or furniture. Make sure you are able to get around each side of the door with ease. It’s also helpful to use a level when hauling your prehung door, so you can ensure it’s balanced and even as you move it from one place to another.

Once the door is in position, you can begin the installation process. Depending on the type of prehung door you have purchased, there will be different steps to take. Double-check all measurements and make sure everything is level before drilling any holes or making any adjustments. Once the door is secure and in place, it’s time to add the finishing touches.

10 Methods How to Haul a Prehung Door

1.  Get a Helper

Hauling a prehung door by yourself can be difficult and dangerous. It is always best to have at least one other person to help you. Make sure your helper is strong enough to help you lift the door and move it around. If possible, get two helpers so that you don’t have to carry the door solo. Try to find someone with experience in hauling pre-hung doors, as this will make the job much easier.

2.  Inspect the Door

Important to Inspect It for Any Damage

Before you attempt to haul the door, it is important to inspect it for any damage. If there are any cracks or splits in the door, it is best to leave it behind as it could break during transport. Also, if you notice any warping in the door, it is best to replace it, as this can affect how well the door seals and operates. Though a warped door can sometimes be shimmed to create a better fit, this is not recommended for transporting the door.

3.  Remove the Door from Its Frame

The first step in hauling a prehung door is to remove it from its frame. You will need a screwdriver or drill to do this. Once the screws are removed, carefully lift the door off of the frame. Be sure to keep the frame in one piece. This will make reattaching the door much easier. Make sure to place the door on a flat surface, such as a table or bench. This will make it easier to transport and store.

4.  Place the Door on a Dolly

Once the door is removed from its frame, you will need to place it on a dolly. This will make it much easier to transport. Make sure to tie the door down securely with straps. Also, pad the edges of the door and frame in order to protect them from any bumps or shakes. Once the door is secure, you can wheel it to its new destination.

5.  Secure the Door to the Dolly

Once the door is on the dolly, you will need to secure it so that it does not fall off during transport. You can do this by tying rope or straps around the door and dolly. Make sure to use enough rope or straps to keep the door firmly in place. Additionally, you can also add some type of cushioning material between the door and the dolly to prevent any scratches or damage from occurring. Once you have secured the door, you are now ready to transport it!

The Door is on the Dolly

6.  Transport the Door Carefully

Now that the door is secured to the dolly, you can begin transporting it. Be sure to take your time and avoid bumping into things, as this could damage the door. Make your way slowly, but don’t be afraid to ask for help if the door is too heavy or bulky. If you are transporting the door up or down stairs, be extra cautious and make sure that the door does not slip off the dolly. When you arrive at your destination, you can carefully lean the door against a wall or flat surface and remove the straps.

7.  Unload the Door Carefully

When you reach your destination, be sure to unload the door carefully so as not to damage it. Once again, rope or straps can be used to secure the door while you unload it from the dolly. Make sure to keep the door upright and level, as it can easily become off balance when being moved. Remember to take your time with unloading the door, and be sure to use extra caution when transporting it through tight spaces. However, with the proper care and safety precautions, hauling a prehung door should be relatively easy.

8.  Place the Door in Its New Frame

Once you have unloaded the door, you can now place it in its new frame. Be sure that the frame is level and square before securing the door in place with screws. Make sure you are predrilling the holes in order to avoid any cracks or damages. From here, you can adjust the door stopper and lockset as needed. If you are installing a pre-hung door, this is the step where you’ll need to attach the hinges and any other necessary hardware.

Test Out Your New Door

9.  Hang Any Hardware on the Door (Optional)

If desired, you can now hang any hardware on the door, such as a doorknob or handle. This is not required but may be desired for aesthetic reasons. If you choose to hang hardware, use screws and a power drill to secure the hardware in place. Make sure that the screws are long enough for the hardware to be securely attached to the door.

10. Test Out Your New Door!

After all of these steps have been completed, your new pre-hung door should now be installed! Test it out by opening and closing it a few times to make sure everything is working properly. If it’s not, you may need to make some adjustments. Be sure to check the jamb and hinges to ensure they are still secure after the door has been moved. If you need to make any tweaks, now is the time to do it before you fully secure your new pre-hung door.

Things to Consider When Hauling a Prehung Door

1. Measurements:

Prehung doors come in standard sizes, but it’s important to measure your existing doorway or the opening for the new door to make sure the door you choose is the right size. Measure both width and height, as well as any other needed dimensions such as jamb depth or sill height.

2. Materials:

The material of your prehung door will affect its weight and how it needs to be handled during transport and installation. Wood doors are heavier than fiberglass or composite doors, so take this into account when planning to transport a prehung door safely. For example, if you’re carrying a wood door up several flights of stairs, you may need help from another person or additional tools like dollies or hoists.

3. Storage:

A pre-hung door can be large and awkward to store until it’s ready to be installed. Make sure to plan ahead and pick a safe, secure location where the door can stay until it’s time to use it. If you have limited space available, consider disassembling the prehung door and storing the individual components in separate areas.

Consider Disassembling the Prehung Door


Now that you know how to haul a prehung door, get out there and put your new skills to the test! Be sure to measure the door before you attempt to move it, and always use caution when lifting anything heavy. Hauling a prehung door by yourself is possible with the right preparation. By following these steps, you can avoid damaging your door and getting injured in the process. With a little planning ahead, hauling a pre-hung door is easy and safe. With a little bit of practice, you’ll be moving doors like a pro in no time.

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Adrian Green

Adrian has been interested in woodworking since he was a child. His father had a woodworking shop, and Adrian would help him out and learn from him. He gained basic carpentry knowledge as well as an understanding of how to work hard and take care of business. He enjoys woodworking as a hobby. He loves the feeling of creating something with his own hands, and the satisfaction that comes from seeing his finished products used by others. So he started this blog to spread his passion and knowledge to those interested in DIY wood-working projects. He knows that with a little guidance and practice, anyone can create beautiful pieces of furniture or décor from scratch.

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