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Doors and Components Category

Problem:

Door is stuck or otherwise bound in the door frame.

Tools / Materials (See Below for Applicability):

  • Screwdriver

  • Pencil

  • Carpenter's plane

  • Machine belt sander or medium-level sandpaper

Solution:

If you find that your door gets stuck or otherwise bound in the door frame, being very difficult to open, there may be relief in sight through trying out either of the following solutions, sorted incrementally to match the severity of the problem:

Solution 1

If the door hinges are slightly loose, creating friction with the door frame, then do the following: 

  1. Tighten the screws of the hinges with a screwdriver.

  2. Make sure the pin of each hinge is driven all the way down the hinge.

Solution 2

If the above does not work, and the door seems to still get stuck in the door frame, then do the following:

  1. As difficult as it is, open and close the door shut (aligned with the door frame as usual) while attempting to approximate what part of the edge of door is coming into friction with the door frame to cause the door to bind/get stuck.

  2. With the door open, use a pencil to scribble over the suspected areas of the edge of the door.

  3. Then shut the door and then immediately open it with these edge markings to confirm your suspicions:  The parts of the door that have smeared pencil markings are those that come into friction with the door frame and consequently need to be planed or otherwise sanded down a bit.

  4. Depending on the severity of the "excess" door edge that is causing the friction, you

     

    may either need to plane or sand it;  use a carpenter's plane to plane the particular friction-causing door edge (or even the corresponding part of the door frame) or either a machine belt sander or medium-level sandpaper to sand the particular friction-causing door edge (or even the corresponding part of the door frame).  You may want to take the door off of its hinges as a cautionary measure so as not to put the door out of alignment with the amount of forceful thrust that may be exerted in the process of planing or sanding its edge.

These are two solutions that you can pursue short of taking drastic steps of considering the replacement of the door or the reconstruction of your door frame.

Ed the Handyman

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