Fix Sticking Door

by Ron Louis

Fix Sticking door if a regular door sticks when you try to close it, chances are that the top hinge is loose—the door sags and its bot-torn rubs against the floor—you'll probably see scuff marks on the floor. A loose hinge means loose screws. Tighten them up and the problems solved. First, open the door all the way and stick as many thin books as you can under the outer door edge. This keeps it steady while you work and stops the door from pulling on the screws as you try to tighten them. Tighten all the screws you can see even the ones that don't look loose as tight as you can. (You turn the screws to the right.) This will include the screws that go through the hinge into the door and those that go into the door opening framework (technically known as the jamb).

Take away the books and try the door. It should work. If it still sticks, it's a job for a carpenter or handy-man to fix. Sometimes you won't be able to tighten the screws well because the screw holes on the wall framework are too chewed up—there isn't enough solid wood for the screws to bite into. Holes in the door itself usually stay good. To handle this problem, first wedge up the door with thin books (or one fairly thick book). Take out all the screws in the hinge and turn back the hinge leaf. Pack Plastic Wood (a can is available at hardware stores for about $1.40) into the bad holes. (You'll know which ones these are because you'll never quite succeed in tightening up the screws in them. Thats just a few tips on to fix a sticking door.

The screws will just keep turning, even though the heads are all the way in; if you look closely you will also see how chewed up they are.) Pack the Plastic Wood into each hole with a finger, poking at it with the tip of a screwdriver to eliminate air pockets. Fill each hole all the way and smooth it off with your finger. Let the Plastic Wood dry according to label directions. Finally, drive in new screws where needed, the same kind as were used before but a half-inch longer. (Show the old screws to your hardware store dealer.) Take your time and drive the screws all the way in.

The combination of Plastic Wood and the extra length of the screws enabling them to bite into new wood—should solve the problem once and for all. If you wish, you can pack white-glue-coated wooden match sticks (without the heads) into the screw holes. This serves the same purpose as the Plastic Wood.Thanks for reading this page on fix a sticking door more basic carpentry information to come.

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