A.Gary Katz responds: I feel your pain. Finish carpentry, especially door hanging, is a tool-heavy trade. Here's the best advice I can give to any part-time door hanger.

First, put together a good door bench or a door stand. You can cobble a stand together from some scraps of 2-by and 1-by, or you can make a full-blown bench. I'd suggest making the bench. A good door bench has a lot of uses. The legs fold up, so the bench is easy to store and transport, and once you start hanging doors, you'll never stop —...

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