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Old 04-14-2012, 10:01 PM   #1
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Door rubbing frame, but not sagging


My wife and I are in the process of remodeling a bedroom for the birth of our first baby (a boy, due in July). During the process of painting and redoing the trim, we noticed that the bedroom door is rubbing the frame on the very top of the door. Not on the latch side, but on the very top.

Normally when a door is sagging, it will rub on the top on the latch side, but this time it's rubbing on the very top. I'm not sure what my course of action is to fix this. Normally I would just run some longer, stronger screws into the top hinge to pull it back square, but I'm not sure what to do here. I'd rather not plane away any of the door.

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Old 04-14-2012, 10:04 PM   #2
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Put the long screw in the bottom hindge not the top.
If it's older house it could just have a build up of layers of paint.

Check the hidges first, still sticking then just lightly sand it.

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Old 04-14-2012, 10:53 PM   #3
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Put the long screw in the bottom hindge not the top.
If it's older house it could just have a build up of layers of paint.

Check the hidges first, still sticking then just lightly sand it.
Doh...now I feel sort of silly. Didn't even think of the bottom hinges. I'll give it a shot though. Thanks!
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Doh...now I feel sort of silly. Didn't even think of the bottom hinges. I'll give it a shot though. Thanks!
No need to feel silly....just tell everyone during your first post you were drinking Happy Juice...lol..That's what the owner of the Sushi place I go to calls it when he has a few cocktails....
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Old 04-15-2012, 12:43 PM   #5
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another problem is the hinge side is over a bearing point and the latch side is over the span where room loading is, (like settling), now lower taking the jamb with it. Check if there are uneven joint opening spaces where side casing meets top casing. If so the only correct way is to drive all the nails through side and at least half the top so you can raise the latch side of the door frame. Then re-nail in new places, or larger nails in same holes.
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Old 04-19-2012, 11:18 PM   #6
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I had this problem in a 2nd floor bedroom. Couple layers of paint combined with high humidity apparently caused some swelling. A little planing and paint touchup fixed it- quickly and easily. Why don't you want to plane it, is it too tight so you think you'll have to plane too much?
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One time I had this and took a 2x4 and put up to the frame and hit it with a hammer that knocked it back into square. then just for good measure renailed or screwed it. still works great.

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