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Sliding Man 11-10-2008 02:50 PM

Stop a door from drifting open?
 
My bedroom door is very annoying and I've tried everything I could think of to stop this. It's a lightweight wooden door so I'm not sure if it's hollow or not. Problem is if I want to leave it slightly open it drifts so much that it's wide open again. No wind is blowing in my home from what I can tell. The furnace is off doing the day, no windows are open.

DangerMouse 11-10-2008 02:57 PM

seems to me it's gravity.... door's not flush&plumb.

DM

hompac 11-10-2008 03:05 PM

drifting door
 
Simply remove one of the hinge pins. Lay it on a hard surface (sidewalk, basement floor) and hit it with your hammer causing a slight bend in the pin. Replace the pin and the door will stay where you put it.

kevin211mvd 11-10-2008 07:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hompac (Post 182884)
Simply remove one of the hinge pins. Lay it on a hard surface (sidewalk, basement floor) and hit it with your hammer causing a slight bend in the pin. Replace the pin and the door will stay where you put it.


You can either do that or just plumb up the door.

Mike Swearingen 11-10-2008 07:56 PM

OR put thins shims behind the hinges as necessary to plumb it up. (I use used utility knife blades).
Mike

wrangler 11-10-2008 08:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hompac (Post 182884)
Simply remove one of the hinge pins. Lay it on a hard surface (sidewalk, basement floor) and hit it with your hammer causing a slight bend in the pin. Replace the pin and the door will stay where you put it.

Or if you have a dead pet just laying around the house you can use that as a door stop. :laughing:
But seriously, yes, your door is not plumb. Sometimes when an inexperienced door installer installs a door, they are more concerned with having an even 'reveal' (even gap) around the door, than having that AND having it plumb and level. Gravity will cause an unplumb door to try and shut(or open) on its own. The Best solution is to reinstall it correctly. If you try to adjust the bottom hinge out to rectify this, then you will probably have the door slab hit the jamb on the opposite side. If the installer only 'pin nailed' or tacked the door in, you may be able to do this, and then use a block of wood to offset the opposite side, but you will also have to use that same block against the corner diaganally opposite from that same hinge.
Not sure if I described this well, but if not just ask.
HTH,
Brett

Illinois G.C. 11-10-2008 10:06 PM

wrangler , you made me laugh very loud. good job. Wher can I find a dead pet.

Hompac, you hit the nail on the head. Just bend a hinge pin( or 2) and that will do the job for the quick fix. Obvoiusly the right tinng is to rehang the door or jack up the house on one side.

DangerMouse 11-11-2008 03:27 AM

and if these suggestions fail, you can simply change the gravitational pull of the earth until the door hangs right.

DM

Marvin Gardens 11-11-2008 07:49 AM

Global warming is the cause. And it will only get worse as sea levels rise.

retro 11-11-2008 08:33 AM

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4just1don 11-11-2008 09:12 AM

look out for those 'free cats' with a stripe down there back. (Usually black and white models) use those and you MAY need a few of those Glade plug in jobbies AND a few bottles of frebreeze

personally I would prefer a god old dead possum or raccoon,,,long as they arent pizza'ed too thin!!

DangerMouse 11-11-2008 09:50 AM

mmmmMMMmmmm streetpizza! roll 'em up and pop 'em in the oven!

DM

Maintenance 6 11-12-2008 09:37 AM

Frisbee cats don't make good door stops. The door tends to drift over them.

DonV 11-12-2008 08:34 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hompac (Post 182884)
Simply remove one of the hinge pins. Lay it on a hard surface (sidewalk, basement floor) and hit it with your hammer causing a slight bend in the pin. Replace the pin and the door will stay where you put it.

I second that. Best simple fix. If necessary bend a few of the pins. Most likely the wall the door is hung in is out of plumb and plumbing the door will cause you a whole new set of complications and details to fix.

Sliding Man 11-15-2008 06:28 PM

:laughing: @ some of the comments! I just bent one of the pins and now the door doesn't move. Man 1 Door 0


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