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Old 01-25-2012, 06:13 PM   #1
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Hey guys!

First time interior door installer here. Everything has been going fairly smooth. I have a couple of the doors installed, and my house is surprisingly square.

Having a bit of an issue with the bathroom door install. The door gets about 1.5 inches from closing and the hinges bind up. My guess would be that I mortised to deep, but I am not sure. I am going to post a couple of pictures here and maybe you guys can give me some helpful insight.

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Old 01-25-2012, 07:07 PM   #2
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Could be one or more of several things.

First, the door could be binding on the stop molding or built up paint where the stop meets the jamb.

Could be the jamb is not set square to the opening and the door is binding on the jamb.

Could be the edge of the door is not square to itself and the door pinches on the jamb.

Could be the mortise is too deep on either the jamb or the door.

Could be one or more of the hinge leafs is bent.

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Thank you for replying. After investigating the door more it seems that the door is bumping up against the stop molding before it can close all of the way. It isn't actually the hinges that are binding up, but the door can't physically go any farther. I think I need to pull the hinges forward some.

This has all been a trial and error experience for me haha.
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Thank you for replying. After investigating the door more it seems that the door is bumping up against the stop molding before it can close all of the way. It isn't actually the hinges that are binding up, but the door can't physically go any farther. I think I need to pull the hinges forward some.

This has all been a trial and error experience for me haha.
alot of times when my guy installs interior doors he removes stops set door makes final adjustments then shoots stops back on ...if everything else is ok,,,
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One thing I like to do when installing a door slab is to put a small bevel , around 3 degrees, on the hinge side. It just helps to make sure there is no hinge binding.
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Thanks everyone for the helpful suggestions.

Turns out that I took a bad measurement and the hinges were not set back far enough into the new door. I just chiseled a little farther back stuck some toothpicks in the old holes and re-installed. The door swung perfect and after I shaved a little off the sides everything was peachy.

Here is another question. When we close the door there is a loud click from the lock engaging after it passes the strike plate. How can I quiet this down? The locks on the other doors aren't this loud.

Maybe shim the space a little between the strike plate and lock?

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