pre-hung doors don't close

Old 08-08-05, 07:53 AM
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pre-hung doors don't close

In the winter I put in 8 pre-hung doors and did as best as I could. Now that the temp are hot, 3 of the doors have expanded and don't close without being pushed hard.

I think I need to strip a 1/4 inch off of either the hige side of the doors or the knob side. Any suggestions would be great for what would be easiest to make them fit.

Old 08-08-05, 03:14 PM
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1st. First check the hinge screws to see that they are snug. Most important step!

2nd. Push/pull the door to insure there is zero movement that needs to be addressed. Second most important step!!!

3rd. Bar soap the door edge for a quick fix.

4th. Plane off 1/16" off the latch edge of the door.
Old 08-08-05, 03:47 PM
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Lugnut has good suggestions. I would probably first install one 3" screw in every hinge, and try to pull the jamb just a little tighter toward the stud. If that didn't work, I'd take the door off the hinge and use a belt sander on the latch side of the door. It probably doesn't need much.

We've got a spec house for sale with the same problems. Funny how things expand when it gets hot and humid.
Old 08-09-05, 06:12 AM
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Thank you for the suggestions, I will try.

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