how do you adjust a household door to open and close properly?
the door binds at the top when closing and it is causing the door to split slightly
- 1 decade agoFavorite Answer
Find a piece of wood and a hammer. Put the wood on top of the door away from the hinge and bang on it with the hammer. It could move it down just
enough to keep it from binding. Or you could loosen the hinges screwed to
the door and see if you have enough play to wiggle it around.Or get a wood plane and plane off enough wood to do what you need done.
- 1 decade ago
It depends on whether the door is rubbing against the top door jamb or the side door jamb near the top of the door. It would be two completely different fixes. In other words, is the there space all the way along the top of the door? Is there space all the way along the side of the door.
If it is rubbing along the top frame, remove one or two of the small screws in the bottom hinge and try running 2-1/2" or 3" screws through them. Tighten until this pulls the top corner of the door down away from the frame and creates a unifrom gap along it.
If the door is rubbing on the side jamb (near the top) remove one or two of the top hinge screws and replace with longer screws.
Usually as doors get older and more used, they begin to sag. Running longer screws through the hinges and back into the wall stud behind them can re-set the door and allow you to adjust it to close properly.Source(s): I have done handymna work for many years.
- darthclownLv 41 decade ago
I'm assumeing the door binds on the side away from the hinges:
Two options come to mind.
Take a plane to the top of the door and take a bit off the top.
Drop a shim behind the top hinge to tilt the door out slightly. That wil move the top away from the upper jam. However it will also move the side closer to the side of the jam. So that's only an option of you have a bit of play in the side of the door.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
tighten the screws in the top bracket slightly.
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- william vLv 51 decade ago
Way to go poqipoqi!!!! You could have made an easy $50 on that one.Source(s): tricks of the trade