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Old 12-03-2010, 10:43 AM   #1
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I have a door in my house at the end of the hall to the laundry room that will not close. In the attached pic is where it sticks and will not close further without pulling on the hinges, even if i forced it it's not closing.

where do I start? all the hinges are secured to the wall, this is a new house for me and I fixed a few sagging doors with filling the hinge holes and thats fine but this one is stumping me I want to do right without messing it up. Also this one is different becasue the floor is a bit bowed I think from the house settling over the years.

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Plane the top. It looks like it's almost closed in the photo

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A belt sander will work as well. I'd make a pencil line, then sand down to just a hair below it.
It looks like the hinges are NOT attached tightly to me.
Check the screws going into the door as well as the jamb when you take it down to sand/plane it.

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got it thanks to both of you ill take the door down and plane / sand it and check all the hinges to be sure they are tight. the door is hollow so do i plane/ sand the jamb at all or leave it and only work on the door?
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got it thanks to both of you ill take the door down and plane / sand it and check all the hinges to be sure they are tight. the door is hollow so do i plane/ sand the jamb at all or leave it and only work on the door?
Just the door. DM may be right, the gap between the door and hinge jamb doesn't seem even, indicating the screws may be loose or the hinge is. Grab the door and shake it side to side while watching the top hinge. If you see the hinge moving, pop in a longer screw.
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Don't worry about sanding the top, hollow doors DO have solid wood an inch or two around the edges.
There should be no need to sand the jamb.

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Good suggestions all...
One thing that might be helpful would be to lay a pencil flat on the
head jamb and let it extend out and slide it along to make a mark
on the top of the door.
Probably can't reach it all but it would give you a starting point.
Best of luck!
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