Window And Door Tips

by Robert Wilko
(New Jersey)

Random windows and door tips these are great tips for people that love doing carpentry projects.

In old houses. sometimes door openings become parallelograms rather than rectangles. Planing the long edge of an old solid door on the door knob side until it no longer-interferes with the jamb is the common fix. But it's not the best one because if the overlap of the door onto the jamb is large, the lock and strike may have to be reset. Not only is resetting the knob and latch difficult, it can affect the way the door looks. Instead, the amount of overlap, plus 1/16-inch. should be marked on the hinge side of the door. The door and the hinge are removed and the edge of the door is planed to the mark. The hinge is then remortised and remounted using the same screw holes. The repair will be less obvious and the lock and strike should still match.

Deal the Cards to Adjust Binding Doors Over time, some doors begin to bind when the door frame goes slightly out of square. The door can be made to open smoothly again by shimming either the hinge at the top or bottom. A plastic-coated playing card makes a great shim. They're very difficult to compress and you can use one or more to create the thickness for an exact fit.

Keep Dusty Drafts Out Contain dust clouds during home remodeling projects by applying heat-shrink window wrap. designed to reduce drafts, over the doorways. Unlike the plastic and tape method of sealing doors, the shrink wrap won't peel paint off the walls when it's removed.More
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Snug Up Door Hinge Screws Once a door hinge has been removed, the screws may not tighten up when you reattach it. The best solution is new, longer screws. But sometimes large screws were used in the first place. In those cases, inserting a plastic wall anchor into the hole should help to snug the screws. You can also insert several toothpicks or slivers from cedar shingles, dipped in wood glue, into the hole. Break them off at the surface and let it all dry before inserting the screws.

Support Bi-fold Doors Pivot Keeps Doors On Track Bi-fold doors are common doors for closets in modern homes. But just as common are problems of them falling out of their tracks. The main pivot for a bi-fold door is attached to the jamb and rests on the floor. However, if the floor is carpeted. there is nothing solid to support the outer end of the pivot. The jamb attachment is usually inadequate to keep the pivot from sagging. It's the sagging of this pivot that causes most bi-fold doors to fall out of their tracks.

The easiest way to support the pivot is to run a drywall screw through the carpet into the flooring so the head supports the end of the pivot. Adjust the correct support height by turning the screw in or out. Whenever screwing through carpet, work slowly in case a burr on the screw grabs a carpet fiber. If the screw catches a fiber while being power driven, the fiber winds around the screw and puts a run in the carpet. Use an awl or a gimlet to start the hole, not a power drill, for the same reason.
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