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Old 08-19-2009, 02:09 PM   #1
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Hi All

I'm a novice when it comes to DIY so please bear with me.

I have a sticking door. It's sticking at the top.

It's obvious that the door is not sitting square in the frame but I'm unsure of the best way to rectify this.

I have noticed that there is quite a bit of play in the top hinge. By this I mean that when I lift on the handle side of the door then I can see the play in the hinge.

My questions are:

1. Is it normal to have a lot of play in the hinge? (my thinking is that if there was no play in the hinge then the top of the door would be higher and probably wouldn't stick)

2. If it is normal then what is the best way to go about fixing the door?

Thanks in advance

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Old 08-19-2009, 02:23 PM   #2
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Try replacing the center screw of the hinges with #8 2 1/2" screw. That should correct the problem. If not post back.

Don't forget to tighten the other hinge screws if they are lose after you do this.

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Old 08-19-2009, 03:00 PM   #3
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When you say loose hinge I assume you mean the hinges aren't tight to the door frame. If the screws are loose you can remove the door with the hinges and fill the screw holes with toothpicks and carpenter glue. Wait for it to dry, cut off excess toothpicks and glue, and screw the door back on.
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The screws that hold the hinge to the door frame and the door are all tight.

The play is in the hinge itself.

I was wondering how much play is normal. It seems like a tight hinge would fix the problem.
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The screws that hold the hinge to the door frame and the door are all tight.

The play is in the hinge itself.

I was wondering how much play is normal. It seems like a tight hinge would fix the problem.
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Old 08-19-2009, 06:59 PM   #6
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OK...so I replaced the hinges and the door is better but it still sticks.

I put some shims behind the bottom hinge and it still sticks.

I think my options are:

1. Take off the top hinge and chisel out some more space there

or

2. Take the door off and sand down where it's rubbing.


What's the best way to go?


Thanks

Dave

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OK...so I replaced the hinges and the door is better but it still sticks.

I put some shims behind the bottom hinge and it still sticks.

I think my options are:

1. Take off the top hinge and chisel out some more space there

or

2. Take the door off and sand down where it's rubbing.


What's the best way to go?


Thanks

Dave
Take the door off and plane it down!

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