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Old 02-19-2012, 09:24 PM   #1
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This bedroom door only sticks during the winter. I am guessing it wasn't hung properly. Viewed from the inside the hinges are on the right and it binds at the top left. Where would I need to make adjustment? Do I need to re-hang the whole door? :sad:

Just thought I would ask just in case there is an easy way.

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You may get away with adding a thin paper shim under the lower hinge,or you may need to trim it with a plane on the top. Either way it isn't going to take much.

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If I understand stand it is the knob side that hits at the top? if so then shim behind the top hinge, on the jamb not the door.
Hold up a book at see what happens when you sim out the top or bottom. Gives an idea of what to do.

If it binds for part of the year and not at other times. It means your house is shifting. Usually not a big deal. Any cracks in the walls?
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If I understand stand it is the knob side that hits at the top? if so then shim behind the top hinge, on the jamb not the door.
Hold up a book at see what happens when you sim out the top or bottom. Gives an idea of what to do.
Wrong,you do not shim the top hinge.

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If it binds for part of the year and not at other times. It means your house is shifting. Usually not a big deal. Any cracks in the walls?
I would have to bet ,it is from humidity.
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Pull one of the top hinge screws and replace with longer screw (2-1/2"). This will pull door away from jamb on the knob side.
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Sorry it binds at the top left on the "top" of the door.

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I would have to bet ,it is from humidity.
Yeah, I have another thread going about the humidity. This house is a headache...
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Sorry it binds at the top left on the "top" of the door.



Yeah, I have another thread going about the humidity. This house is a headache...
If the top of the door is dragging, you would shim the top hinge. You can also bend the top hinge by placing the thick end of a nail set in the hinge and closing the door slightly putting pressure on the door a little at a time until it bends the hinge enough. Be careful because it can pull the screws out of the jamb if not careful.
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If the top of the door is dragging, you would shim the top hinge. You can also bend the top hinge by placing the thick end of a nail set in the hinge and closing the door slightly putting pressure on the door a little at a time until it bends the hinge enough. Be careful because it can pull the screws out of the jamb if not careful.
May make the upper side start dragging. Plane top of door?
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May make the upper side start dragging. Plane top of door?
If it is too tight to the side jamb, you are right but if not it will fix it.
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give the top jamb a whack with a hammer and a piece of wood
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if the binding is on the jamb of the top? you can use an adjustable wrench, close it to just fit over hinge, bend it a bit back towards casing on top hinge. if it's binding on top of door/ header of jamb? do same on bottom hinge. or the thin cardboard strips placed off center on hinge side depending on way you need to shift door? cardboard strips= cereal box cardboard, 1/4"x length of hinge two strips top or bottom probably enough?
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give the top jamb a whack with a hammer and a piece of wood
Creates separation gap in jamb.
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wow where to start ok if it is rubbing on the head of jam on knob side
1 before tweaking and shimming hinges when door is closed is there at least a 1/8 to 3/16 gap at top corner on latch jam.it can be less if you have a beveled door
2 do you have an 1/8 to 3/16 gap at bottom corner on hinge side

let me know because if not tweaking and shimming hinges will just make door rub else where
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oh yea i do not just plumb it so happens i am a carpenter with repairing doors and installing doors for 10 years
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oh yea i do not just plumber it so happens i am a carpenter with repairing doors and installing doors for 10 years
Good to know where to go for door adjusting.

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