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Old 12-10-2009, 08:34 PM   #1
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Ive got a door that hits the top of the door frame a little how do you get any adjustment. And the door on the bath room you push it closed it will swing back open by its self but it closes fine should i say latches fine . 2 different doors im talking about

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The one hitting the top of the frame: Try installing a long screw in the bottom hinge. This will pull the top down away from the frame.

The bath door that is hinge bound or has spring to it: loosen the hinges and slip thin cardboard (cereal box thickness) under the hinge closest to the hinge pin and re tighten the screws. This is trial and error you may have to ad more shims. The door is binding against the frame causing it to spring. You just need to find where and give it a little more room.

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what he said plus get a belt sander and make sure the top and bottom of the door is painted to seal out moisture from warping the door
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Ive got a door that hits the top of the door frame a little how do you get any adjustment. And the door on the bath room you push it closed it will swing back open by its self but it closes fine should i say latches fine . 2 different doors im talking about
the one that hits the jamb. shave the top of the door down to clear the jamb and give you an equal reveal. problem is most likely caused by settling, and you frame is racked.

the one that has a spring to it. do what the other poster said with cardboard, granted you have enough space on the latch side of the door. if not, take old hinges off, and re-mortise them a tad deeper on the jamb side closest to the door stop.
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the one that swings open may just be hung out of plumb and may need no shimming
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the one that swings open may just be hung out of plumb and may need no shimming
i think we're all latching onto the keyword spring that the OP used. i gather he means there's a little bit of tension on the hinges as the door is pushed to close.
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If the door and jamb are painted, the paint may be hindering the door from closing correctly. Obviously if the door is stained this would not apply. I've seen many doors with paint build up on the face of the door, and edge of the door stop molding. I think a nickel, or is it a dime? should fit in that space for the door to operate correctly

A carbide scraper or block plane will remove paint build up followed with a light sanding.

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the one that swings open may just be hung out of plumb and may need no shimming
Good point, I was making the assumption it was hinge bound and springing open it may very well be out of plumb and just swinging open on its own because of this.
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And the door on the bath room you push it closed it will swing back open by its self but it closes fine
swing not spring
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And the door on the bath room you push it closed it will swing back open by its self but it closes fine
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sorry I re-read the OP and it does say swing. then it very well may be just an out of plumb jamb.

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