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Old 02-26-2012, 02:14 PM   #1
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Iím not really sure where the correct place to post my question is so Iím dropping it in here. I recently purchased a house (constructed in the mid 90ís) and tore out all the old carpets and put down new flooring, pressure washed outside and done some other misc things here and there.

Iíve an issue with my front door or the frame. It seems to be swelling up in the center between the bottom lock and the top chain lock, see attached picture. Iím not sure if I either did something wrong with the flooring (first time Iíve laid laminate) to cause this or, water got in through a crack when pressure washing outside. Prior to my buying the place and doing anything to it the door opened closed very smoothly. Iíve noticed no cracks or water damage anywhere outside or in. Laminate flooring has a moisture barrier under it, under the barrier is a concrete slab/foundation.






The property is in Florida, had been inspected by a professional home inspector, roofer and A/C company prior to my purchasing it. I understand humidity is an issue here but when looking the house in the summer last year (it was hot in here AC was off) the door opened/closed without issue.

Thanks in advance for your assistance!

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Is it a steel, wooden, or fiberglass door?
Check to make sure the hindge screws are tight.

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Is it a steel, wooden, or fiberglass door?
Check to make sure the hindge screws are tight.
The door is metal, first things I checked where the weather seals (even though it's under a porch) and the hinge screws. Everything is still in place and tight.
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Looks like the door was shimmed wrong on the latch side.
Do you have a 4' long level so you can check plumb and to see if the side jamb is bowed out?
It would also be nice if you had a framing square.
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Looks like the door was shimmed wrong on the latch side.
Do you have a 4' long level so you can check plumb and to see if the side jamb is bowed out?
It would also be nice if you had a framing square.
Thanks for the ideas. I used a level and found it was off just a bit on the left side. Screws where painted over and no signs of moment but they had moved of course. I dug out the paint tightened them back up and the door is smoothly opening and shutting once again. Now maybe my alarm system will stop whining about the front door being faulted!

A simple fix, thanks for your assistance!
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Problem solved. Good advice Joe.

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