Sticking Door Repair

Sticking Front Door

Front door sticking

All of your homes doors should properly hang sit square in its opening, without difficulty swinging open and shut. But if it’s rubbing or sticking there is something that needs to be repaired. First, check its corners with a square to find out. You can try some of these tips.

Tighten loose screws. Open the door midway and grab and pull upward on the door handle. If you see or feel any of the hinges move, the screws may need tightening.

Fill stripped holes.  You might have a stripped hole.  To check and see if you do a screw will turn endlessly and never tighten. Best thing for you to do is take it out. Fill that hole with a sliver of wood dipped in glue. Let it dry, then refasten the screw.

Pull in the jamb. Remove a screw from the top hinge where it attaches to the jamb. Next put in a 3-inch-long replacement to move the jamb closer to the stud. Swap the top and bottom hinges. The older  your hinge the more the top of your door will bend. This is due to age and the opening and closing of the door through its life. The bottom hinge usually stays straighter.

Add shims. You can place them behind the bottom hinge leaves to push the door’s bottom corner closer to the doors latch-side jamb.

It is great to fix the items listed above, but what you do need to remember is that a sticking door or sticking windows could be a sign of something more ominious. It could mean that you are experiencing foundation settlement in your home. Look for other signs by doing an inspection of your home inside and out. Look for wall cracks, sloping floors, misaligned doors and cabinets, and floor cracks inside. Outside be on the lookout for foundation cracks, slab cracks, and leaning or tilting chimneys. Cracks in the garage floor or garage columns can also mean the same thing. Look for stoops, decks, or stairs that are pulling away from the foundation as well. If you see any of these signs, it is not something to ignore. Call your local foundation repair experts in Western Iowa today, WCI Basement Repair. We have the tools and know how to fix foundation repairs and restore the value of your home. Call us today for a free estimate!