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Besidestillwaters 11-04-2007 10:29 PM

Crooked Exterior Door
 
I have an exterior door leaning on a slight angle. It is an old door and I would like to know how to straighten the door. Thanks

Keith

Mike Swearingen 11-05-2007 02:16 AM

If it isn't the frame that's out of square, you can loosen the screws and shim behind the hinges to get the door to hang straight and not move from wherever you leave it. You can use anything from thin cardboard such as from a cereal box, to old used utility knife blades, to popsickle sticks for shims.
Good Luck!
Mike

Sammy 11-05-2007 11:05 AM

I use beer cartons.. They work great!

Ron6519 11-05-2007 11:54 PM

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Originally Posted by Besidestillwaters (Post 71654)
I have an exterior door leaning on a slight angle. It is an old door and I would like to know how to straighten the door. Thanks

Keith

Is that slight angle the one where the door scrapes on the jamb when you close the door or the one where it hits the frame at one point rather than the whole frame at once?
Ron

Besidestillwaters 11-12-2007 12:50 AM

Not 100% sure what you asking.

The door leans to the left at the top so I have a gap at the top left side (door handles on the left going out) and a gap on the bottom right.

crecore 11-23-2007 09:53 PM

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Originally Posted by Sammy (Post 71721)
I use beer cartons.. They work great!

lol :no:

Spyko 11-24-2007 12:09 PM

Mike S' reply has the real Q in it... Is it the door that's out of square or the frame? I suggest you put a square on the frame to check it. If the frame is out of square you can shim or re-build frame and jamb. If it's the door itself that's out of square we'll need to know what kind of door it is (how it's made) and if it's twisted as well. Also, the answer may depend on where the door is hanging. If it's a shed out back the answer may not be the same as if it's a door to your home that needs to be weathertight and hold in expensive heat.

jayrandom 04-13-2008 11:12 AM

Similar question but the door is parallel to the floor but comes up at slightly away from perpendicular to the floor. I understand how shims can correct left/right leaning, is there anything that will fix this?
Thanks!

Ron6519 04-13-2008 01:22 PM

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Originally Posted by jayrandom (Post 115923)
Similar question but the door is parallel to the floor but comes up at slightly away from perpendicular to the floor. I understand how shims can correct left/right leaning, is there anything that will fix this?
Thanks!

Posting a picture would really help.
Ron

jayrandom 04-19-2008 09:13 AM

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Originally Posted by Ron6519 (Post 115951)
Posting a picture would really help.
Ron


The forum size limits restrict the photo size, so I hope this is a good enough picture. The problem is that the door top (the one without the handle) hits the door jamb well before the door bottom, meaning the door is difficult to close. The jamb appears to be wider at the top than at the bottom (by about 1/2" or so) so this alone may explain my problem. The door appears to be flush with the jamb on the hinge side.

Thanks for any advice.

Ron6519 04-19-2008 01:51 PM

The door jamb(s) are not plumb. Either one or the other needs to be moved for the door to hit the jamb, top and bottom, at the same time.
Since the top hits first you either have to move the top out on that side or the hinge side bottom out. Put a level on each jamb leg to see which one isn't plumb.
Ron

jayrandom 05-03-2008 01:41 PM

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Originally Posted by Ron6519 (Post 117551)
The door jamb(s) are not plumb. Either one or the other needs to be moved for the door to hit the jamb, top and bottom, at the same time.
Since the top hits first you either have to move the top out on that side or the hinge side bottom out. Put a level on each jamb leg to see which one isn't plumb.
Ron

Thanks for the help. Any recommendations on how to move the jamb?
Thanks!

Ron6519 05-03-2008 07:17 PM

You disengage the jamb side you want to adjust by removing the moldings and cutting the fasteners holding the jamb to the rough opening. You clamp it to a position and close the door. When the door closes properly, you renail the jamb to the studs. Be aware that there are shims between the jamb and the studs. That relationship must remain constant or other issues will arise.
This is an intuitive process and it helps if you can visualize what needs to be done ahead of time. By the time you finish, you will understand what I meant.
Ron


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