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How To Fix A Sticking or Rubbing Door


We’ve all had one of those stubborn doors that just won’t close without that extra shove! It’s really aggravating, but left unrepaired it will eventually destroy the doors frame.

Whether your door is rubbing the frame, the floor or your new carpeting seems to be a little too thick, you can easily remedy the problem. All it takes is a little cutting or trimming with a plane.

The first step is to figure out exactly why the door is hard to shut. The easiest place to begin is with the hinges, check to make sure that they are securely fastened to the door frame.

Over time the hinge screws can work loose and cause the door to droop! If the screws are loose and won’t tighten, they’re stripped and will have to be replaced with longer or larger ones.

You will have to make sure the screws you use have flat or recessed heads. A screw with a round head will protrude and the door still won’t shut properly.

Don’t remove all of the screws at once, replace them one at a time and tighten them as much as you can. Once you’ve replaced them all, shut the door and see if this has fixed your problem.

Another quick fix to check for is to see if the door frame has came loose. Open the door and lift it up while holding on to the knob. If the door raises up even a little, the frame may just dropped a little.

If this is the case, you can use long screws to pull the frame in tighter to the wall foundation board. I have often just taken a hammer and wrapped a towel around the head and tapped my door frames back into place!

If you’re lucky loose hinge screws or a loose frame board was the cause. But, if after checking the screws and the frame they’re all tight and secure, you’ll have to do a little more work.

Check the door edges to see where it’s scuffed. If the door has rubbed for awhile the paint will be worn off or at least scuffed, the scuff locations will give you the location of the problem!

If the door is just slightly rubbing on the top or side, you might be able to just sand off the excess without removing the whole door. Of course, if the problem is on the bottom of the door you’ll have to take the door down to get to it.

Unless you’re willing to put a lot of time and elbow grease into it, sandpaper probably won’t work. You’ll need a belt sander with a medium coarse belt to actually get anywhere in a fair amount of time!

If you’ve never used a belt sander, be very careful and patient. Slow is the key word here! If you get in a big hurry you may end up with a large gap and have to replace the door. Sand over the area a few times and check it, repeat this process until you can close the door easily.

Once you’ve sanded enough off that the door closes properly, then you can use regular sandpaper to smooth the surface by hand. For this you will need to use a fine grit sandpaper. If the spot you fixed shows, then you’ll need to repaint the area and maybe the whole door.

If the door is rubbing really bad or the new carpet is too thick, you’ll have to cut a strip off of the door with a circular saw. Measure carefully or you’ll end up with a door that’s too short!

It may take a little more work, but if you’re not sure exactly how much to cut, do it a little at a time. Cut a thin strip and then rehang the door and try it before cutting more off. Just keep cutting thin strips until the door fits!

Sometimes if the door is just slightly hanging, you can even use a plane to just shave off some of the wood. No matter what you use to remove part of the door, whether it’s a sander, a saw or a plane, just do it a little at a time. It’s better to have to cut it several times than to do it once and remove too much!

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