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Guythunder 09-12-2012 07:56 PM

I installed a slab front door.
What I did about three years ago, I bought a red oak slab front door, I took it to a door shop along with the old door and had it cut to the same size as the old one. then I primed it and painted it white, Then I installed it and the fit was great the gap was perfect all away around. But then things started going crazy in the summer the door worked fine and did for the first year but then it started to move when the weather started getting cooler I would need to lift the door up by the knobe to get it to lock. the gap on the latch side of the door at the top was getting larger it looked like the jam moved up or the door moved down. It goes on every year and I have no idea why. The old door worked just fine but it was an older type and we wanted to upgrade to a newer type. Any ideas.? :furious:

DangerMouse 09-12-2012 08:02 PM

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Guythunder 09-12-2012 08:25 PM

Did it get posted this time.?

joecaption 09-12-2012 10:57 PM

I'm surprized they even makes outside doors out of Red Oak. Red oak soaks up moisture on the end grains like crazy. Take a scrap piece some time and stick it in a bucket of water and blow on the end grain sticking in the bucket or even suck on it. It will act like a straw.

How many coats of paint did you put on? On red oak I would have primed with an oil based primer then at least 2, 3 coats would be better of latex paint.

notmrjohn 09-13-2012 03:53 PM

" the gap on the latch side of the door at the top was getting larger" Gap at one side at one end means door or frame is crooked. Possible that door is swelling shrinking. Check that hinges are secure, especially the top one. But since this is seasonal, I suspect a foundation problem. I don't know where you are, guy, but are winters wetter than summers, or maybe the other way round? What kind of foundation do you have? What is the soil type?

Guythunder 09-13-2012 05:10 PM

I live right in the middle of CA. Not much rain in the summer but plenty in the winter. I am on concreate foundation. But the old door closed fine.

Guythunder 09-13-2012 05:10 PM

So what your saying there is no fix for this door.?

Guythunder 09-13-2012 05:12 PM

Two coats of primer then three coats of latex paint.

kwikfishron 09-13-2012 05:39 PM

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If it hasn't already been done replace two of the screws from the top hinge with 2 1/2" or 3" screws. I'll bet it will suck that door right back up where it should be.

Guythunder 09-13-2012 05:43 PM

I will give that a try and let you know. Thanks.

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