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Old 05-22-2011, 02:48 PM   #1
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I installed a few pre-hung doors in the basement. They were near perfectly installed and opened/closed easily. Then the tile flooring guys, removed the doors at the hinges by removing the pins to trim the jambs at the bottoms and install tile. Now the doors do not open/close easily like they used to. I don't think that they have moved the jambs, just had some sort of a deleterious effect on the hinges. Any suggestions on how I can make them work again? Thank you


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Did you trim the bottoms of the doors to account for the added floor height?

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Did you trim the bottoms of the doors to account for the added floor height?

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No, but the bottom of the doors is clear of the installed tile floor.
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I would make sure they didn't bend the hinges at all when they removed the doors.

When you pull a door off hinges it will usually easily come off of one or two, then the door is a little twisted and it can snag on the third hinge, if you aren't careful it will mangle it some. This can lead to a pinched hinge which will inhibit the easy swing of the door. Standard prehung door hinges can be found at HD or lowes for very cheap. You can also regrease the hinges incase they wiped them completely clean of the grease also.
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What exactly do the doors do that does not seem right?

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hmmmmmm..... perhaps the doors went on the wrong jambs? The slight variations of the hinges could cause problems.

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I would make sure they didn't bend the hinges at all when they removed the doors.

When you pull a door off hinges it will usually easily come off of one or two, then the door is a little twisted and it can snag on the third hinge, if you aren't careful it will mangle it some. This can lead to a pinched hinge which will inhibit the easy swing of the door. Standard prehung door hinges can be found at HD or lowes for very cheap. You can also regrease the hinges incase they wiped them completely clean of the grease also.
My problem is that the doors now interfere with the jambs. The hinge action is smooth.
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What exactly do the doors do that does not seem right?

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My problem is that the doors now interfere with the jambs. Is it possible for me to shave off the door slightly so that it fits again properly? If so, what tool should I use?
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This is happening even on doors that I am sure are in the right locations. The doors now interfere with the jambs
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Sounds to me like Jkslate's right then. They bent hinges when they pulled the doors.
You could remove the hinges, put the pin in and hammer them back flat. Then replace them.
I'm betting they'll be off.

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Check to make sure the hinges are properly set into their mortises. Sometimes they get re-installed with lippage over the mortise and it'll throw the swing off.

Also, it's possible that the hinge leave got installed backwards. Yes, I've seen it before.

Other possible causes that have nothing to do with the floor install.

High humidity caused the doors to swell, causing binding.

Painting behind the hinge leafs while they were removed.

Leaning the doors against the wall while removed, causing them to warp.

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