When it comes to home improvement jobs, installing doors are often some of the easiest chores to tackle. With pre-hung doors being available at most home improvement stores or online sites, even the beginning do-it-yourselfer can typically handle installing a new interior door — or even exterior door — on their own with minimal help.
However, things can be different when it comes to installing doors on a load-bearing wall. These are walls that are designed to take on much of the weight of a house and transfer it down to the foundation. Cutting into these walls to install a door can change the way that the weight is loaded onto the wall. As a consequence, this can lead to an unsafe situation where too much weight can actually cause the entire wall to collapse.
If you are going to install a prehung door on a weight-bearing wall, you’ll want to proceed cautiously. Your first step will be to add additional support beams before removing any load-bearing studs. You’ll also want to have the new door frame completely assembled before starting any procedure to speed the process up as much as possible.