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What Tools Do I Need To Replace My Old Exterior Door

Updated: Sep 12

Exterior Door Replacement

In this blog post I will tell you what simple DIY hand tools you will need to remove your worn out exterior door. On a scale of 1 to 10 for difficulty, I give it a 5. Not that complicated you just need to take your time and use the correct tools. That's where I come in.

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1. Nail Puller

Another term used for this tool is called a cat's claw. The Nail Puller is used to remove the nails that were used to secure your old exterior door to your home. I recommend the 12 inch. Spend a little extra and this tool will last a lifetime.

2. Flat Bar

The Flat Bar is used to help remove the trim from your old exterior door. Be careful and take your time in case you are prying against sheetrock or any soft wall coverings on the exterior or interior of your door. I prefer the 15 inch, but I have several lengths in my tool box. Like the Nail Puller above purchase once and it will last forever.

3. Hammer

The Hammer is self explanatory. It will be used in conjunction with the Nail Puller and the Flat Bar to remove the trim from your old exterior door. I prefer the 19 ounce Framing Hammer. I have used Vaughan Hammers for over 30 years and never have I been disappointed. So check them out.

4. Level

When installing your new exterior door you will need to Level and Plumb it. I prefer to use a 4 foot level for this project. There are numerous options to purchase these in a 3 piece combo kit. This kit usually has a 4 foot, 2 foot and torpedo level included. So consider a combo kit and you will have all the levels you will need for basic DIY projects.

5. Cordless Drill

The Cordless Drill will be used to attach your new exterior door to your home. You do not have to use a Cordless Drill. This can be done with Hammer and nails. Check out the 20 volt Cordless Drills, plenty of power for us DIYers.

Bonus Tool

Utility Knife

The Utility Knife is needed to cut along the trim inside and outside of the old exterior door. It is used to separate the old trim from the wall if caulking or any kind of sealant is used when the old door was installed. A very useful but cheap tool to put in your tool pouch.


Hopefully at the end of the day you will have that new exterior door installed. As always be safe in everything you do and do not forget the PPE. If you ever have any questions about a project or need help send me an email at I will be happy to help. Thanks for stopping by.

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