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Sticking Doors: Planing Sides
Doors can stick when part of the door edge is binding against the frame or floor. Gently removing wood from these areas will return the door to an easy opening and closing action.
Tools / Supplies: Pencil, plane
Sticking Doors: Scribing Bottom
Doors can also stick when the entire bottom edge binds against the floor.
Tools / Supplies: Measure, panel saw, wood, pencil, block plane.
Rattling Doors: Moving The Strike Plate
Doors that fit too loosely in their frame rattle in a draft. This is often due to the strike plate being in the wrong position. Measure the area accurately and move the strike plate.
Tools / Supplies: Combination square, pencil, screwdriver, drill-driver, chisel
Rattling Doors: Moving The Doorstop
The other reason a door rattles in a draft is that the doorstop has been wrongly positioned. Moving the doorstop to the correct place should fix the problem.
Tools / Supplies: Chisel, hammer, nails
The latch does not catch when the door closes. The strike plate may be too far forward in the frame. Filing the plate’s inner edge may be all that's needed. The latch does not catch in the strike plate. The plate may be too far recessed in the frame. Pack out the plate, in the same way as shown for packing out a hinge.
Tightening Hinge Attachments
Tools / Supplies: Power drill-driver, dowels, hammer, chisel, wood adhesive
A door may not close properly because the hinges are loose. You can fix this by drilling out the old holes and plugging them with wooden dowels. New pilot holes are then drilled in the surface created by the dowels. Begin by unscrewing the leaves of the hinges attached to the jamb.
Filling Old Hinge Positions
If you are moving the door to the other side of the frame, you will need to fill in the old hinge recesses in the frame.
Tools and Materials: Wood, adhesive, block plane
Packing Out a Hinge
“Packing out” can help a door to open and close if it's binding on its hinges. It is also a good solution if too much wood has been removed from the frame or door to fit a hinge.
Tools and Materials: Scissors, cardboard, drill-driver
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