A sticking internal door can de caused by your house gradually settling.



A sticking internal door can be caused by your house gradually settling over time causing slight changes in the alignment of the door frame, loose hinges, new thick carpet or simply a badly hung door.Fixing is easy.

Tips from the Carpenter
How to fix a sticking door

A sticking internal door can be caused by your house gradually settling over time causing slight changes in the alignment of the door frame, loose hinges, new thick carpet or simply a badly hung door, can all cause doors to stick making it difficult to open or close a door. Fixing is easy, requiring only a few basic tools, screw driver, drill, hand plane or sandpaper and maybe a carpenters saw.
When a door sticks in the  frame (jamb) around the door, If its sticking on the top of the door on the lock side of the door. Remove the screws from one side of the top hinge, pad out the hinge with a piece of thick cardboard  and  re screw the hinge  this will move the lock side of the door down a bit, away from the frame.

The weight of the door together with continual use and the occasional kick can cause the screws to come loose, causing the door to hit the frame on the lock edge near the top,  try to tighten the screws but if they just spin in place try longer screws .If the longer screws dont hit solid wood, drill small holes over the old screw holes and fill with wood filler,while its drying screw the screws partly in to give you a start when fixing the hinges back on.

If the screws are tight but the door still rubs on the top of the door. Try deepening the top hinge . Remove the hinge, and with a sharp chisel remove a fine layer of wood from the bottom of each mortise and re screw the hinge. Removing to much will cause the door to bind on the jamb at the hinge.  Or shave the top of the door. No need to take the door off, look for where its sticking and plane or sandpaper that bit of the door. Be careful not to shave  to much off.

If the door sticks at the bottom on the new carpet  you will have to remove the door by unscrewing the hinges or better still, if you can,  remove the door from the door frame by pulling the pins from the hinges. Place a small nail in the bottom of the hinge and hit it with a hammer to loosen the pin. Depending how much you need off you may get away with sanding/shaving the bottom or you may need to borrow a carpenters circular saw.  The saw blade can splinter the door face as the cut is made, but you can prevent this with masking tape and by clamping a piece of plywood along the line you have marked out.  The tape will stop splintering and the plywood will act as a guide for the saw. If you have still got fingers left dont forget to seal the bare wood you have exposed.  Let it dry and fit the door back on. If it still sticks get rid of the new carpet or call in a carpenter.

Quick fix tip for a sticking doors. If the door just rubs, get some sandpaper. Put it on the bit of floor where the door catches and move the door back and forth over the sandpaper till it does not stick any more.  I Like this one, probably works on the top and sides of doors too.

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