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Old 04-15-2013, 09:10 PM   #1
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Door Not Closing - One corner only out of plumb...

Hi all! We have several doors in our home with the same problem: the door is way far from the door stop in the upper left corner. Everything else looks ok (hinge side and lower left corner at the stop), just that corner causes the door not to close properly and the gap is pretty big, around 1 inch. Pictures attached. Not sure how to handle this. Thank you!
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Is the wall plumb?


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Old 04-16-2013, 06:57 AM   #3
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Is the door installed plumb, as mentioned above, and single plane?

Next would be to check square and level.
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Going to need at least a 4' level to check for plumb.
Sure looks like your going to need to remove the trim and reset the door frame.
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Either the walls aren't plumb and the doors are, or vice versa. If the wall is plumb, then do like Joe said and remove the molding, cut the nails holding the frame with a sawzall, and start over and set the frame plumb. If the walls are out that much and you plumb the door, you're going to have trouble with your molding sticking out or in, actually both. In that case, you may want to just remove the door stop molding and just reset it to the door as it's hung.
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could try and bring the bottom hinges out on the opposite side so the door hangs more in line with the knob side door stop. this could make the door more prone to binding though but worth a shot. just loosen all screws that go into jamb for middle and bottom hinge and remount bottom hinge farther out away from hinge side door stop, use wood plug slivers to close old jamb screw holes before remounting hinge. it is probably a pre hung door so pulling that stop off may not work, best to adjust the door to the stop in that situation or get radical and cut the stop to fit the door with a saw while the stop stays in place. just use a scribe and scribe against door to the stop to find the difference and then cut...
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One problem I have found in these situations: Even using the same 4-foot level you could read the door framing and the door (in the almost closed position) as being "plumb". I call myself having some nice levels but have had this proved to me using my levels. I was taught a "trick" some years ago about doors--Use your speed square, a right triangle cut from plywood, anything as long as you use the same tool at all locations. Use a plumb line attached to the outer end of this triangle at the highest position of the door jamb within the door frame. Drop the line to the floor and make a mark where the plumb bob just meets the floor/carpet/tile. Do the same thing at a lower level using the same door jamb piece as the guide. Compare the two marks and don't be surprised if they are different in distance from the door jamb but show "plumb" with a level.


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