Door in basement sways open....


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Old 02-13-09, 06:34 PM
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Door in basement sways open....

I just had new doors installed in the basement... All the doors are good except one... This one when you open it a little, it keeps going by itself... The door installer is blaming the wall that its not plumb that is why the door keeps going and doesnt stop. Now it's a slowww open but it keeps going. Now the trim is already around the door but now flooring is installed yet. Does anyone have any suggestions to stop the door from swaying?
 
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Old 02-13-09, 07:01 PM
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Your carpenter is correct, that the wall is not plumb. If it was, the door would stay put.

Sometimes you can remove a hinge pin and squeeze the barrels slightly with a visegrips to create enough friction to stop the door. You could do this on each hinge if needed.

Something that might be less permanently damaging to your hinges would be to take a hinge pin out... and hold a toothpick next to the hinge pin as you hammer it back into place. The toothpick would act like a wedge and might also tighten up the hinge pin, giving some resistance as the door swings.

The toothpick idea would be the first thing I'd try. One on each hinge pin, if needed.
 
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Old 02-13-09, 07:27 PM
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Is it a pre-hung door? If it is, it should be made plumb even if the wall isn't plumb.
 
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Originally Posted by Pulpo
Is it a pre-hung door? If it is, it should be made plumb even if the wall isn't plumb.
Prehung meaning the door and the frame? Correct? This is a new install. Door was never there...
 
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Old 02-14-09, 07:51 AM
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Take one of the pins out and set one end of the pin on a small piece of wood and the other end on the ground and smack the middle of the pin with a hammer. This will make a small bend in the pin that will keep the door from opening.
 
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I would always try to plumb a pre-hung door even if the wall wasn't plumb.
 
 

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