How do I use a router on a hinge for a door that keeps getting stuck?

Our bathroom door keeps getting stuck and it is clearly visable that the lower part of the door is meeting the frame before the upper part of the door. It's almost like it has been put in slightly diagonally. It was suggested to me that I use a router on the lower hinge to straighten it up. I have no idea when it comes to DIY and most of the videos on the internet are useless. If anyone can help ASAP it would be great.

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  • 9 years ago
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    You need to plane or sand the door, routering the hinge let-in will probably cause the door to ride where the hinge is, because you'll be bring the door closer to the frame on the hinge side.

    Planing or sanding will remove the some of the door, but before you do anything like plane or sand, try taking a sledgehammer to the frame (THIS SHOULD ONLY BE DONE IF YOU HAVE A WOODEN DOOR JAMB) e.g. put a piece of scrap wood against the frame so as not to damage the frame (where it is sticking) and give it a slight tap with the sledgehammer and see if it moves back towards where it's suppose to be (mark the floor with a pencil line or use masking tap on carpet), if it does move keep doing it until you door opens and closers freely.

    >>To those guy talking going on about >hollow core door< There is a frame around the core, so planing or sanding a few millimeters off to make it fit, isn't a problem, if you people don't know how these doors are made, why give people advice about stuff you know very little about.<<

    Source(s): Carpenter & Joiner
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  • 9 years ago

    I agree with Zuma. If it is a 2 hinge and the door is binding only at the bottom, remove the screws from the bottom hinge and open the door fully. The router is overkill because you most likely only need to remove a small amount of material. Using a smaller chisel (3/8-1/2" in width) chip out an even amount of wood where the hinge goes, then replace the screws. You can tell how much material needs to removed by checking the door reveal. To check the door reveal, look at how much space is at the top where the door meets the jamb. It should probably be 1/8" or so. Then look at the bottom. You are looking for the reveal to be as even as possible.

    Another poster brought up a good point with hollow core doors. Be careful when chiseling out materials from hollow core doors. The veneer (ouside fake grained wood) chips very easily, so when cutting that side, use a utility knife, as a chisel will splinter the veneer. If its a solid wood door then it should be fairly easy to do. Good luck!

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  • George
    Lv 6
    9 years ago

    Look at the gap on the hinge side, and check to see that the hinges are all properly attached.

    If the hinges are all fine, and the gap is even on the hinge side of the door, then you want to take a little of the edge of the door to make it fit properly.

    A router would be too easy to screw up. Use a belt sander, hand-plane or electric plane on the edge of the door. You can probably rent a belt sander or electric plane. Put a pencil mark on the edges to guide where you want to take material off. Take it easy and go slow. If you take too much off you won't be able to put it back on again.

    If the gap on the hinge side is not even, wider at the bottom than at the top, it may be a matter of adjusting the hinges. Get a book with pictures from the library to see how to do that. Or hire a handyman to take care of it. If you have the right tools and a little knowledge adjusting the hinges is easy.

    Source(s): Trained as a cabinet maker.
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  • Anonymous
    9 years ago

    Measure if the door is perfect square..

    Measure the door frame at both hinges, if the frame at the bottom hinge is narrower, then that door frame and trim needs to be moved wider..Whatever it takes to move it wider, a screw in the frame to the stud,or taking off the trim, and removing shims..

    If it's square, and... "lower part of the door is meeting the frame before the upper part of the door"...

    So the bottom hinge is not inset like the top hinge, ..There's a bigger gap/ reveal at the bottom hinge, compared to the top hinge,..Then that hinge needs to recess deeper in the door to match the top,..

    Take the door off the hinges, and lay it on it's side, with hinge recesses up

    cut with a router or hammer and chisel, start small, less than an 1/8.Set the router with a depth of less than 1/8, ...You're cutting only the shape of the hinge..

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  • 9 years ago

    It's not your door bud, it's the door frame. It's probably not square any more. You probably have foundation problems. There is a company called RAM Jack, that could give you an estimate. THe door itself is probably hollow and there is only so much you can shave off. Your better fix would be to use thin cuts of wood called "shims" to put behind the top hinge (to put the hinge farther from the door frame) until the door hangs right. You could even use heavy cardboard as a shim, if you don't need to prop it up that much. Good luck.

    Source(s): Been there, done that.
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  • 9 years ago

    you need a wood chisel/take off the hinge then gently use a hammer to pound around area then gently chisel the sliver of wood out and put hinge back in. the door is good right like it is from the store sanding will make the door irregular and a router will do no good at all

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  • Tony
    Lv 5
    9 years ago

    You would be better off using a belt sander to "plane" the area where it sticks in the frame.

    Source(s): Remodeling Contractor.
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