Over the years, doors take a lot of wear and tear. Eventually the hinges begin to sag, causing the door to scrape annoyingly across the floor. Luckily, this problem is fairly easy to fix--once you know how. If you would like to learn more about fixing a drooping door, read on. This article will teach you how to ensure that your home's doors open and close without a hitch.
Step 1: Assess the door.
In most cases, the cause of a sagging door is hinge screws that have gradually worked loose. This is an easy problem to diagnose: simply close the door, and then take a look at the gap between the door and the jamb. Ideally, this gap should be equidistant--approximately 1/8"--all the way around. A sagging door, however, will usually have a larger gap above the handle, and little to no gap below.
Step 2: Tighten the top hinge screws.
Because it bears a larger portion of the door's weight, the screws in the top hinge are usually the ones that work loose. Check to see if this is the case by straddling the end of the open door so that you can still see the hinges. Then grip the doorknob and lift it gently upward, while watching the top hinge. Did you see it move? If so, those screws need to be tightened.
It's best to have a helper position the door at the right height before tightening any screws. If you don't have a helper, you can simulate one by using appropriately sized wooden shims. Simply fit slip some shims between the bottom half of the door and the frame as you close it. The shims will keep the door straight while you tighten the screws.
Step 3: Addressing stripped screws.
Oftentimes, tightening the screws still won't solve the problem. That's because the holes in the wood have become too large, meaning the screws aren't able to hold their position. Fortunately, there's a handy way to fix this using wood glue and matches.
First, break the head off of the match--the last thing you want is a fire on your hands! Then carefully fill the screw hole with wood glue and push the match in. Once the glue has dried, snip off any protruding portion of the match. Then drill a small pilot hole and reinstall your hinge. The match and glue will work to keep it firmly in place.
If you need further help with a door, visit a local business like All Kind Door Services Ltd for help.