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Old 12-27-2011, 07:35 PM   #1
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Thanks everyone ahead of time. This is making me feel stupid but I tried to replace an exterior door, just the door. I got the exact same dimensions and I was able to hang the door on the hinges....but it doesn't close

I noticed that the space between the door edge and the hinge on the door was 1/2 inch for the top hinge but 3/8 for the middle and bottom hinge. I didn't have time to redo it but is this my problem.

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Post a picture if you can---could be a lot of things from your description---

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If I'm to understand your description of the hinge measurements, no. That is not your problem.
Can you tell where the door is hitting?
Will it not close at all because it's hitting on top, or is it hitting some place on the lock side?

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If I'm to understand your description of the hinge measurements, no. That is not your problem.
Can you tell where the door is hitting?
Will it not close at all because it's hitting on top, or is it hitting some place on the lock side?

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The top and bottom are clearing. The edge of the door where the hinges are attached is hitting the jamb. Unfortunately the door is in another building and I can show a photo.
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"The top and bottom are clearing. The edge of the door where the hinges are attached is hitting the jamb. Unfortunately the door is in another building and I can show a photo."

it sounds to me, like you need a 3 degree bevel cut on hinge side? then rehang
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"The top and bottom are clearing. The edge of the door where the hinges are attached is hitting the jamb. Unfortunately the door is in another building and I can show a photo."

it sounds to me, like you need a 3 degree bevel cut on hinge side? then rehang

Thanks. I have a router that I rarely use. What type of bit would do it?
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This may sound stupid, but are the hinges on the actual door in the exact same location and counter sunk as deep as the original?
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From the top of the door the hinges are in the same place as the old door. The top hinge is the same distance horizontally. The middle and bottom hinge is 1/8 off...not sure if this enough difference to result in a door not closing.
They are counterunk maybe a little deeper but only 1/16 difference? Not sure if these differences are significant but I'll adjust next go around.
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sounds like the hinges are recessed too deep. do you have clearance on the latch side so you can shim behind the hinges to give you more clearance on that side?
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Before you go cutting the door or anything, you may want to try "packing out" one of the hinges, top hinge or middle hingemaybe? kind of hard to tell without a pic.

Just unscrew the hinge, pack some cardboard neatly behind, re-fasten and see if it works towards solving the problem.
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"The top and bottom are clearing. The edge of the door where the hinges are attached is hitting the jamb. Unfortunately the door is in another building and I can show a photo."

it sounds to me, like you need a 3 degree bevel cut on hinge side? then rehang
Is it hitting the jamb or the doorstop? This would make the difference if the hinges need shimming or actually moved further to the inside of the door (maybe they all need to be the 1/2" you originally spoke of).
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If it is hitting the center of the strike side jamb, then take off the middle hinge. Put it in a bench vise and "squeeze" the hinge so it takes out the bevel in the hinge.
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From your description it is hitting on the hinge side.
If it is hitting the door stop then you need to move the hinges on the door in so that there is less wood showing between the edge of the door and the edge of the hinge. (or maybe mov ethe stop).

If the door is hitting the jamb and binding before closing then you have the hinges to deep and need to pack them out with cereal box cardboard or the like. So they are not recessed so deep. Maybe on the door or the jamb or both.
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From your description it is hitting on the hinge side.
If it is hitting the door stop then you need to move the hinges on the door in so that there is less wood showing between the edge of the door and the edge of the hinge. (or maybe mov ethe stop).

If the door is hitting the jamb and binding before closing then you have the hinges to deep and need to pack them out with cereal box cardboard or the like. So they are not recessed so deep. Maybe on the door or the jamb or both.
Seems like I've heard this somewhere else

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Yep Didn't read all close enough. Just put a couple of other ideas into one post.
(For backgound I did insurance work for about 3 years and did lots of doors after break-ins. Getting a new door in an old house can be fun.)

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