How To Cure A Sticking Door


A sticking door is an annoyingly common occurrence, but before you attack it with a planer file, or even sandpaper, try to find out exactly why the door is sticking.

How To Cure A Sticking DoorThe location of the door may give a clue to the root of the problem. Doors exposed to condensation, such as kitchen and bathroom doors, often swell or warp; doors subject to heavy usage, such as living room doors, often suffer from loose hinges; old doors may stick because the joints in the door frame have become loose with time and usage, causing the door to drop.

Once you have located the source of the trouble, you can set about curing it. If the door is badly warped, or the frame has dropped, it will have to be removed. But if the problem lies with the hinges or the door has swollen, you can normally cure this with the door in position.

If the hinges appear loose, try tightening all the screws. If they remain loose, replace the existing screws with longer or thicker ones to see if this cures the problem.

1. If the screw holes have become badly enlarged, drill them out larger still then pack each hole with a piece of adhesive coated dowel. When the glue is dry. Drill new holes to accept the screws.

If the hinges are in good order and the door still sticks, try to locate the trouble spot.

2. Slide a thin piece of card between the door and the frame, and mark any spots where the door sticks.

Ink If the sticking is not too mm severe, try rubbing the tight areas with a candle.

3. If the door is sticking badly over a wide area and a lot of wood has to be removed, trim it off using a planer file. Start off at an angle to the wood — this will give you faster cutting —then use the tool straight for a smooth finish.

If you need to plane the door, make sure it is supported.

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