How to Remove and Replace an Entry Door

Using a hammer and pry bar to remove casing on door.
Using a hammer and pry bar to remove door casing.

Removing an Existing Entry Door Unit

To remove an existing exterior door and frame from a wall:

  1. Use a hammer and chisel or nail set to tap out the hinge pins on the existing door.
  2. Remove the old door from the hinges.
  3. Unscrew and remove the lockset and deadbolt on the door, if you plan to reuse them on the new door.
  4. Use a utility knife to cut through the paint film between the interior door casing and drywall and exterior door casing and siding or brick.
  5. Place a flat pry bar or chisel between the interior door casing and door jamb, and use a hammer to loosen the casing from the door frame.
  6. Pry off the interior door casing, being careful not to damage the drywall.
  7. Insert a flat pry bar or chisel between the exterior door casing and door jamb, and use a hammer to loosen the casing from the door frame.
  8. Pry off the exterior door casing, being careful not to damage the siding or brick.
  9. Unscrew and remove the hinges, door latch, and deadbolt strike plate from the old door frame.
  10. Use a pry bar to remove the door jambs and threshold.