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Old 07-09-2012, 01:17 PM   #1
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Previous owner used wrong foam on door seal and now its bowed. Door opens/closes but gets stuck in one spot.

Is it possible to just remove/cut out the old foam and will the door frame "relax" itself back a bit cause the pressure is removed?

Not sure what to do - but i was thinking of removing the trim and cutting out the old foam. Sounds like too easy of a solution so I figured i would ask.

If that wont work - im open to suggestions.

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Popping trim and taking a look to see if it is in fact packed with foam isn't hard to do. Neither is raking out the foam to see if that does it. Providing you can confidently get the trim off without breakage, then you're looking at about $7 and 1/2 hour's time. $5-6 for more (non-expanding) foam and $1 for a few trim nails to put the trim back up.

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Popping trim and taking a look to see if it is in fact packed with foam isn't hard to do. Neither is raking out the foam to see if that does it. Providing you can confidently get the trim off without breakage, then you're looking at about $7 and 1/2 hour's time. $5-6 for more (non-expanding) foam and $1 for a few trim nails to put the trim back up.
Thanks - it just sounded too easy of a solution. Was not sure if there was any permanant damage to the door frame.

thanks again - its driving me CRAZY so i will be doing this this evening!
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Thanks - it just sounded too easy of a solution. Was not sure if there was any permanant damage to the door frame.

thanks again - its driving me CRAZY so i will be doing this this evening!
There may very well be permanent bowing of the frame from it, but it's such an easy process to remove the foam from that area, that it's worth a try first.
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do you have any pics? where is the door sticking?
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do you have any pics? where is the door sticking?
Here is a picture... red circle shows were it was bowed.

I removed the trim last evening - cut out the foam on the top section were it was bowed with a drywall knife.

MUCH smoother open/close functionality. Prior to removing it I had to push it shut with a lot of force. Now I can just give it a push and it closes on its own.

Need to get a can of the window/door foam and reapply (almost afraid to at this point).

The odd thing is that where the frame bowed - it didn't seem like there was an abundance of Foam insulation. Actually seems like there is more towards the bottom/middle and that part of the frame is fine.

Thanks for the guidance - now its time to dust off the compressor/nail gun to put that trim back on - always something to do!!! (somehow i thought buying a home that was built in 1906 and brining it back to life was going to be an easy/fun project!)
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Here is a picture... red circle shows were it was bowed.

I removed the trim last evening - cut out the foam on the top section were it was bowed with a drywall knife.

MUCH smoother open/close functionality. Prior to removing it I had to push it shut with a lot of force. Now I can just give it a push and it closes on its own.

Need to get a can of the window/door foam and reapply (almost afraid to at this point).

The odd thing is that where the frame bowed - it didn't seem like there was an abundance of Foam insulation. Actually seems like there is more towards the bottom/middle and that part of the frame is fine.

Thanks for the guidance - now its time to dust off the compressor/nail gun to put that trim back on - always something to do!!! (somehow i thought buying a home that was built in 1906 and brining it back to life was going to be an easy/fun project!)
that door jamb gets pretty tight at the top, doesn't really look like it has much room to move back either
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that door jamb gets pretty tight at the top, doesn't really look like it has much room to move back either
I was thinking the same thing - I might take out the current screw and re-shim it.
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The door could also be sagging away from the hinges. How is the reveal on the top of the hinge side? If it looks big, check to make sure there is one or two longs screws through the top hinge into the jamb.

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