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Old 12-16-12, 07:20 AM
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Door swings open

I have a interior 6 panel, hollow core, typical white door, that swings open unless it is engaged. I have tried bending the top hinge pin, does not work for me. Looking for an alternative?? Thanks
 
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The entire door, including the frame, is not plumb. I don't know if you want to go through the trouble to make it plumb but if you put a level on the frame, vertically, you'll see which side is out.
 
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Bending the hinge pin is not really a "fix", but a bandaid on heart surgery. Like Pulpo said, the door frame is not plumb. Most likely "out" on the top hinge side. Let us know what the level tells you.
 
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Door swings open

That may or may not fix it. You have to check which direction the hinge-side jamb is out of plumb. You might need to shift the hinge a little or, if it's really bad, you may have to remove the casing to re-plumb the jamb.

If shmming one of the hinges is the right way to go, I find pieces of non-corrugated cardbord (like cerial boxes are made of) works really well. If you have to shift one of the hinges you need to fill the existing screw holes for that hinge and drill new ones. Be sure to use a self centering drill bit or a punch (nail set works) lest the drill bit will wander from the center of the screw hole.
 
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Old 12-17-12, 03:45 PM
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Robertbence, welcome to the forums! Good to have you on board. Why not fix the door and frame right the first time?? It came from the factory fitted properly to the frame, why can't it be installed properly in the opening, shimmed and fastened plumb?
 
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If you're not up to removing and re-installing the door would replacing one hinge with a spring hinge do what you want? It would probably not make the door sit in whatever position you leave it but you could set it so the spring hinge lightly helps hold the door closed so it's not swinging open if not latched. Many larger home centers carry them. Some models can be set to assist opening or closing the door while other models only work in one, not-changeable direction so make sure you get the one you want.
 
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I just thought of something else. Instead of trying to make the door plumb, install a door check, so it closes by itself.
 
 

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