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Door is stuck or otherwise bound in the door
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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:
If the door hinges
are slightly loose, creating friction with the door frame, then do the following:
screws of the hinges with a screwdriver.
Make sure the pin
of each hinge is driven all the way down the hinge.
If the above
does not work, and the door seems to still get stuck in the door
frame, then do the following:
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.
With the door
open, use a pencil to scribble over the suspected areas of the
edge of the door.
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.
Depending on the
severity of the "excess" door edge that is causing the friction,
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.
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